Dallas Cowboys fans might have already noticed Trevon Diggs has suffered an ACL rupture and will miss the remainder of 2023 NFL Season. NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport & Tom Pelissero reported this news. Diggs had been an impressive performer on Dallas’ defensive unit early this season; therefore his absence will prove costly even with their early success.
The incident and its immediate aftermath
The unfortunate accident occurred during a practice session on Thursday, during one-on-one exercises. According to the Dallas Morning News, Diggs later appeared on crutches. The team’s worst fears were confirmed by MRI tests. Diggs has an ACL tear and will be sidelined until 2024. The Cowboys did not specify a timetable for his return, but they did confirm that he will miss the rest of the 2023 football season.
Dallas Secondary Schools: The Impact
Dallas’ defensive backfield is left with a large gap due to Diggs’ absence. DaRon Bland was primarily responsible for covering the slot. Diggs and Stephon Gillmore were deployed as outside cornerbacks. Bland, who led the team with six interceptions in Week 1, could be moved into Diggs’ position.
Who are the potential replacements?
Bland is not the only player who could step in to cover for Diggs’ absence. Jourdan Lewis has played both inside and out and is a player who can help. He recently recovered from a Lisfranc-related injury. Noah Igbinoghene could also see more action, despite being inactive during Week 2. He was acquired by Miami in an August trade. C.J. and rookie Eric Scott Jr. are both candidates. Scott Jr. is a sixth-round draft pick for 2023. Goodwin, a member of the practice squad, could be considered. Nahshon Wright might return to active duty as soon as Week 5.
Diggs Contract: A Financial Perspective
Diggs’ injury came at a bad time financially for the Cowboys. Diggs’ injury occurred just days before he signed a lucrative 5-year extension at training camp worth $97 million. The extension included a generous signing bonus of $42.3 Million and matched by a $42.3 Million guarantee.
Diggs Career: A Look Back
Diggs has already played an instrumental role in Dallas’ defensive success despite only being 25. A second-round draft pick in 2020, Diggs quickly rose to prominence by leading the league with 11 interceptions last season alone; 18 interceptions total have since been collected across 47 games played (46 starts), earning two Pro Bowl selections from Dallas’ coaches.
Team Performance and Prospects
Dallas had an impressive defensive record prior to Diggs’ injury. Dallas was first among NFL teams for yards per play, interception rates, sack rates and interception rates among others – only conceding 10 points total over their opening two games! Over that period, they only allowed 10 points to be scored!
The Cowboys are still affected by Trevon’s absence, but it is an opportunity for them to fill the void. There are ways to make Trevon’s departure less impactful with a roster that includes both veteran talent and promising young players like Collin Severson and Maliek Collinson.