Sad news coming out of Valley Ranch today as second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman has suffered what appears to be a possible career-ending neck injury. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made the somber announcement during his press conference on Thursday.
“DeVonte got information back from the doctors in San Antonio and some other doctors he visited with regarding his neck and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football any more. This becomes an easy decision for him and his family when you’re dealing with that kind of an injury.”
Holloman suffered the injury in this past weekend’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter after a collision with a teammate. Holloman, the Cowboys sixth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft out of South Carolina, also missed seven games during his rookie season also due to a neck injury (spinal contusion).
The promising young linebacker was expected to compete for a starting role on Dallas’ linebacker corps this year. Holloman’s possible final performance was his best. In the final game of the 2013 season against the Philadelphia Eagles, Holloman recorded 11 tackles and two sacks. He started the final two games at middle linebacker, replacing the injured Sean Lee.
Holloman appeared on the sidelines during practice on Thursday. But he was only wearing a jersey, and not any pads. If this is truly the end for the young man’s NFL career, it’s truly a sad day as Holloman certainly did show great potential. And this sad news further cements the fact this last place Dallas defense is certainly in desperation mode now.