**UPDATE: After this article was published, ESPN’s Todd Archer confirmed that James Washington suffered a Jones fracture in his foot. The WR will get surgery on Tuesday and will miss an estimated 6-10 weeks.**
The last thing the Dallas Cowboys need right now is for more issues to come from the WR room — especially in the form of injuries sustained during training camp. Newly extended WR Michael Gallup is still recovering from an ACL injury and Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson are gone.
All eyes are on guys like James Washington, Jalen Tolbert, Noah Brown, and T.J. Vasher to pick up the missing pieces.
However, in the first two weeks of camp alone, the former Steelers WR has already caused concern amongst Cowboys Nation. Last week, we saw Washington coming up injured after plays as well as missing several catches from Dak Prescott.
The start of Week 2 of training camp was even worse. Early in the first padded practice of camp, Washington went down after getting tangled up with Trevon Diggs on a pass.
In a slow-motion video from Bobby Belt, you can see that Diggs lands on Washington’s foot at the very end of the play. The WR tried to hobble off the field but eventually brought himself down to the turf after being unable to put weight on his right leg.
While we hoped that Washington would be able to slowly work his way to walking, minutes later, the WR was carted off the field by the Cowboys staff.
Around 3:00 p.m. CST, Jerry Jones told the press that he doesn’t have updated information, but admitted that he was “concerned.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Dallas is concerned that the veteran may have fractured his foot. Todd Archer later said the WR would be getting an MRI after practice Monday to get more information. The Cowboys will need help, and they need it now.
WR James Washington gets carted off the field at Cowboys camp, and S Jayron Kearse gives fans another injury scare minutes later
Potentially losing the team’s best option at WR2 not scary enough? Moments later, safety leader Jayron Kearse also went down after a play as well. The worst part was that nobody touched him. The safety went down with a non-contact injury, which in sports, is often deemed the most concerning type of injury.
Unlike Washington, Kearse was able to limp off the field himself. However, the training staff walked with him to the locker room after he got to the sidelines.
Thankfully, the 28-year-old was seen back on the field just eight minutes later, providing a huge sigh of relief for Cowboys fans. Not only was he back on the field, but he also was able to face off against tight ends when he returned from the locker room. He later told USA Today’s Jori Epstein that he planted his foot wide and “tweaked his knee” a bit, but feels fine.
It’s been a very “Manic Monday” afternoon for the Cowboys. Just hours after Mike McCarthy told the press that CeeDee Lamb was absent from practice over the weekend simply to avoid injuries, multiple players seemed to be struggling in the team’s first padded practice.
Add that to the fact that UDFA kicker Jonathan Garibay, who many believed would be Dallas’s starting kicker come September, was seen struggling all afternoon to make kicks under pressure.
Let’s hope that this is just a “case of the Mondays” and that everyone can remain healthy and get more meaningful practice in for the rest of the week.