Cowboys' Jourdan Lewis reveals gruesome details behind season-ending foot injury

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With rookie sixth-round pick Eric Scott Jr. taking first-team reps at OTAs and minicamp, and Kelvin Joseph converting to the nickel position, it'll be interesting to see how the Dallas Cowboys sort their cornerback rotation behind Trevon Diggs and Stephon Gilmore.

DaRon Bland and Jourdan Lewis are the next men up behind the star duo, but Lewis is expected to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) as he finishes his recovery from a Lisfranc foot injury suffered in Week 7 of last season.

The uncertainty about Lewis' status has led to speculation about his future. He's been labeled as a trade and cut candidate, but the Cowboys aren't exactly crying out for cap relief, especially after Ezekiel Elliott's post-June 1 release added over $10 million to the cause.

In a perfect world, Dallas keeps Lewis to provide depth and added experience to a potentially elite secondary.

It remains to be seen if Lewis will be ready for Week 1, but the sheer severity of his injury suggests fans should give him all the time to heal.

Cowboys' Jourdan Lewis hopes to be ready for Week 1 opener

Though the injury occurred in the last week of October, Lewis just recently started running a few weeks ago. He's been restricted to straight-line sprints, but he's expected to incorporate lateral movements in short order.

You might be wondering why Lewis is still in the infancy stages of making full-fledged NFL cuts and movements. That's because the former third-round pick was told by doctors that his Lisfranc injury was one of the worst cases they had seen in 35 years.

Per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, "the injury displaces bones in the midfoot and results in ligament damage." The veteran corner had screws, nuts and bolts inserted to stabilize the foot and was in a walking boot until the end of March (!). After that, Lewis transitioned to crutches.

While Lewis is through the worst of his rehab, he faces another hurdle in battling through the swelling and soreness since he just started working out again.

It's hard not to feel for Lewis, who suffered the injury recording an interception against the Lions. It sparks memories of Michael Gallup tearing his ACL while catching a touchdown against the Cardinals two years ago.

With these gruesome details of Lewis' injury in mind, though, it might be safe to assume he'll remain with the Cowboys. It's hard to envision the team finding a trade partner, and releasing him would do neither party any good.

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