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Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens Out 8 Weeks With Tibial Fracture, Short-Term I.R. Candidate

Update:

Clarence Hill is reporting that the Cowboys got a bit of good news regarding LB Anthony Hitchens, as he doesn’t have a season-ending injury as initially feared. However, Hill says that Hitchens will still miss some time with this injury.

  • Todd Archer reports that Hitchens suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his right knee and will need 8 weeks to recover.
  • Ian Rapoport believes Hitchens will be a candidate to be brought back from injured reserve in the second half of the season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cowboys fear starting LB Anthony Hitchens suffered a season-ending knee injury during Saturday’s preseason game. According to Rapoport, Hitchens is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee tomorrow but the team believes he has a torn ACL.

After the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated (per Brandon George) that it could be bad for Hitchens: “I don’t like the way that sounds.”

This could be terrible news for Hitchens and the Cowboys, as he is in line to be the team’s starting middle linebacker. Dallas may have to turn to Justin Durant at linebacker if Hitchens is done for the year.

Hitchens, 24, is a former fourth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2,654,864 contract and stands to make a base salary of $1.838 million for the 2017 season.

In 2016, Hitchens appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and recorded 78 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 49 linebacker out of 86 qualifying players.

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