August 18, 2020
Training camps around the NFL have begun, and there's early news emerging from each of the other three NFC East camps. The Cowboys lost a starting defensive tackles, the Giants are running laps like they're in Pop Warner, and Alex Smith returned to the Washington Football team.
McCoy tore his quadriceps tendon in practice on Monday, and he is done for the season.
#Cowboys COO Stephen Jones tells reporters that DT Gerald McCoy’s MRI showed a ruptured quad tendon and he’s out for the season. Initial fear had been an ACL, but the MRI delivers bad news, regardless. A major blow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 17, 2020
A photojournalist actually happened to catch the injury when it happened.
Here’s video shot by @CBS11Sports photojournalist Bill Ellis of Gerald McCoy’s season ending ruptured right quadriceps tendon injury suffered in @dallascowboys 1st practice in pads today...maybe @profootballdoc can explain how this happened??? pic.twitter.com/qceuui1r1p— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) August 17, 2020
The Cowboys signed McCoy this offseason to a three-year deal worth $18.3 million. He was still a good player, but at 32 years old, not the near-elite player he once was. McCoy had at least 5 sacks in each of the last 7 seasons, though his numbers have consistently been on the downswing over that period.
As Eagles fans have learned over the last few years, the older your players, the more likely they're going to get injured.
The Cowboys' remaining defensive tackles:
Oddly, 25-year-old DT Maliek Collins, a productive player in his four years in Dallas, signed for less money in Las Vegas in free agency (one year, $6 million) than what McCoy signed for in Dallas.
Per Alex Didion of NBC Bay Area, Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said of Collins, “He might be our best acquisition of the offseason from what I’ve seen."
Back in our Giants dumpster fire piece in June, we noted the infamously poorly performing Bill Belichick coaching tree, on which Judge is the 10th branch:
Not uncommon at today’s practice: Seeing players or entire units run laps after miscues or penalties. “There are consequences for making mistakes,” Joe Judge explained. https://t.co/tP9bpNCLBz— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 17, 2020
Alex Smith's leg was shattered on November 18th, 2018. In the days following, he got sepsis, which nearly took his life.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 16, 2020
He spent the next month in a hospital, then 3 in a wheelchair, then 8 in an external fixator. He had 17 surgeries within 9 months.