The Dallas Cowboys community is currently reckoning with the fact that star cornerback Trevon Diggs is out for the season.
Diggs suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's practice. If it's any consolation, it's a clean tear and the defender is expected to make a full recovery. Still, it's a devastating blow for a Cowboys team that otherwise hadn't faced any adversity up until this point in the season and looks the part of a title contender.
While Dallas' defense will be hard-pressed to achieve the heights it could have with Diggs, the injury isn't a season-sinker, if that makes any sense. Dan Quinn is still at the helm and the Cowboys are flush with depth at cornerback.
There's no minimalizing the loss of Diggs, but the Cowboys have to rally and recognize everything they want to accomplish is still in front of them.
Jayron Kearse echoed this sentiment in a heartfelt tweet in support of Diggs that will inspire a devastated fan base.
Jayron Kearse's tweet will inspire Cowboys fans after Trevon Diggs' season-ending ACL injury
This is exactly what Cowboys fans need to hear right now. It'd be easy to go into a tailspin and consider this news the beginning of the end. How could it not, right? Just when Dallas looked like it was on top of the world, their near-$100 million cornerback suffers a freak injury in practice during a 1-v1drill.
Will this prelude other devastating injuries? After all, that's seemingly the only thing that could capsize a roster as talented as this.
That's no way to think, though. It's only one injury, and trading for Stephon Gilmore, swiping DaRon Bland in the 2022 draft and sticking with Jourdan Lewis amid his arduous recovery from Lisfranc surgery make it possible for the defense to succeed in Diggs' absence.
Not to mention, Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence are playing the best football of their respective careers. Osa Odighizuwa can be lumped in there as well, and Dallas has the deepest safety rotation in the league.
There's no replacing Diggs, who was playing like an All-Pro through two games, but Kearse's tweet makes it clear the defense will step up its play without the star cornerback.
This group was going to encounter adversity at some point. It's unfortunate it came in this form, but it's still early in the season, which means the defense has 15 games to learn to function without Diggs.
It might not feel like it right now, but things will be OK.