Cowboys news: La’el Collins season-ending surgery hurts offense

Dallas Cowboys news broke on Saturday night that La’el Collins has been lost for the season

After landing on Injured Reserve to start the season, right tackle La’el Collins will not see the field at all in 2020 following Dallas Cowboys news breaking Saturday night. According to NFL Network’s Jane Slater, Collins will have season-ending hip surgery this Wednesday per a source.

Undrafted rookie free agent Terence Steele has started at right tackle over the Cowboys’ first three games so far this season in place of Collins. But with the potential return of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith against the Cleveland Browns in Week Four, Brandon Knight could assume that starting spot from Steele.

Collins is a former undrafted rookie free agent himself, signed by the Cowboys out of LSU back in 2015. The 27-year old has started in 61 of his 62 games played and has missed just a single contest over the past three seasons.

Once considered the most dominant positional group in the entire NFL, the Cowboys’ offensive line has suffered some major losses in 2020. Five-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick surprisingly retired earlier this year at the age of 29. That after missing the entire 2018 season due to an autoimmune disease.

Neck stingers forced starting left tackle Tyron Smith to miss the Cowboys’ last two games. The seven-time Pro Bowler did not participate during practice on Wednesday but was limited the rest of the week. Smith is officially considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns.

The news about La’el Collins being forced to miss the entire season due to injury means the Dallas Cowboys will continue to rely on more inexperienced players like Knight and Steele to start in his place. This will force the team to continue to gameplan around their deficiencies, ultimately limiting just how good this explosive offense could have been in 2020.