Dallas Cowboys fans are currently reeling after Trevon Diggs suffered a torn ACL in practice on Thursday. Diggs started the year in incredible form and losing him for the season is a crushing blow to a Cowboys team (and defense) that's looked like the best in the league.
As Jayron Kearse stressed on social media in the aftermath of the news, though, Dallas has everything to play for this season. Diggs is an ineffable loss, but the Cowboys' defense can still be one of the best in the NFL without him.
Per Jane Slater of NFL Network, the plan is for DaRon Bland to replace Diggs on the boundary opposite Stephon Gilmore and Jourdan Lewis will slide into his familiar slot position, with Israel Mukuamu, Nahshon Wright (when healthy), Noah Igbinoghene and rookie Eric Scott Jr. providing extra depth.
It's still a crowded room, but it wouldn't surprise if the Cowboys look outside the organization for additional insurance.
Some fans have speculated if a reunion with Anthony Brown could be in the works, but Slater understands that's not being considered at this time.
NFL Rumors: Cowboys won't sign Anthony Brown following Trevon Diggs' ACL injury
Well, so much for that.
Either the Cowboys have trepidation about signing Brown post-Achilles surgery, or they trust their current options at the position. Perhaps it's a combination of both, but you can't fault Dallas for wanting to give its young cornerbacks a test trial over the next few weeks before considering a potential move.
After all, the free agent market leaves something to be desired. More intriguing options could become available before the Nov. 1 trade deadline.
Who knows? Depending on how the Cowboys' young CBs perform, Brown could re-enter the conversation by then, too.
It'll be interesting to see if Brown finds a new home by then. He signed to the Steelers practice squad on Aug. 30, but was released two weeks later. He then signed to the 49ers active roster last week, only to be released a few days later.
The Cowboys are clearly "all-in" this season, but the front office worked hard to get the roster to a point where they can overcome a major injury.
Bypassing Brown and other free agents in the immediate aftermath doesn't change that. Nothing wrong with seeing what they have over the next 2-3 weeks and reassess the position afterward if it's called for.
Waiting until the trade deadline will give Dallas more options to choose from anyway.