Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs endured a significant setback during Thursday’s practice when he tore his ACL in his left knee. This unfortunate injury means Diggs will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season, according to reports from NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, citing a reliable source.
The incident transpired early in practice, specifically during the one-on-one session. Diggs was seen post-practice relying on crutches, as reported by the Dallas Morning News. Following an MRI examination, the Cowboys were informed of the extent of the injury, sidelining Diggs for the entire 2023 season and looking to a return in 2024.
The Cowboys are now facing a substantial void in their secondary, as Diggs had been a crucial part of their defensive lineup. Previously, the team had relied on Diggs and Stephon Gilmore on the outside, with DaRon Bland predominantly playing in the slot. With Diggs absent, Bland may transition to the outside in his stead.
Jourdan Lewis, who recently returned from a Lisfranc injury sustained in October of the previous year, could also be a viable solution. While he typically plays in the slot, Lewis has experience on the outside as well. Another option is Noah Igbinoghene, acquired from Miami in August, who had a notable contribution in the season opener against the New York Giants but was inactive in Week 2.
Furthermore, the Cowboys might consider extending opportunities to Eric Scott Jr., a sixth-round pick in 2023, although he has yet to make his NFL debut. Additionally, Nahshon Wright, who is on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, could potentially return to the field in Week 5.
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The Cowboys also have C.J. Goodwin as a veteran option on the practice squad.
Diggs, who celebrated his 25th birthday just a day before the injury, played a significant role in the Cowboys’ defensive success during their impressive 2-0 start. He had already notched an interception, a forced fumble, three passes defensed, and four tackles. The Cowboys, having allowed only 10 points this season, ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed, yards per play allowed, interception rate, and sack rate before Week 3.
Originally a second-round pick by the Cowboys in 2020, Diggs led the NFL in interceptions in 2021 with 11 and has a total of 18 interceptions in 47 career games (46 starts). His performance earned him Pro Bowl selections in the last two seasons, having missed only five games in his career up to this point.
In a significant show of trust, Diggs signed a lucrative five-year, $97 million extension with the Cowboys during training camp, including a notable $21.25 million signing bonus and a total of $42.3 million guaranteed.
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