There was a moment of sheer panic amongst Cowboys Nation yesterday when Dallas Cowboys WR1 CeeDee Lamb showed up to the joint practice with the Los Angeles Chargers in sweatpants. It was clear the third-year receiver wasn’t practicing, but why? To rest? Injury?
The first reports that came through were deeming the reason a “foot injury,” which set alarms off everywhere. Could this WR room be missing Michael Gallup, James Washington, and Lamb?! Thankfully, several reporters quickly followed up the injury reports with tweets saying that the foot issue wasn’t deemed serious and there were no structural issues.
Lamb was seen walking around the field without a boot and didn’t seem to be visibly limping. That did calm some of the fear, but it certainly didn’t give anyone any real answers.
As time went on more reports continued to trickle in. The talk, once the joint practice was underway, was that Lamb’s foot wasn’t injured, rather he suffered a small cut on his toe that required a stitch.
After the practice, Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr. got a chance to catch up with the new WR1. When asked about the toe thing, Lamb confirmed the stitches narrative. However, the story isn’t about what happened, it’s about how.
Given that Lamb refused to admit what caused the cut and deemed it “clown stuff,” I can’t imagine he was doing anything a coach would approve of. Did he harm himself in his horrible acting performance in the new DIRECTV commercial? Did he walk into a coffee table for no reason? We may never know.
Cowboys injury bug strikes again as CeeDee Lamb sits out after getting stitches on his toe
In all seriousness, it’s excellent news that he’s not actually hurt. However, the already depleted depth chart certainly doesn’t need him out for any amount of time.
Plus, this is just another tale in the Cowboys’ injury saga this offseason. After losing James Washington and Matt Waletzko and seeing stars like Trevon Diggs and Jayron Kearse take time off with soreness or other concerns, the last thing this team needs is more people on the sidelines.
Before Thursday’s second joint practice with the Chargers, more players were deemed unavailable. Jourdan Lewis sat with a hamstring issue and Noah Brown apparently also has a toe injury. The Cowboys may need to hold an open tryout if this continues.
There’s nothing more frustrating than training camp injuries. They aren’t meant to happen. But with a roster already struggling with veteran depth in several position groups, this team really needs to stay healthy in the next few weeks.