Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed the news during a radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan that G La’el Collins underwent surgery on his toe and will miss the remainder of the 2016 season, per Drew Davison.
Todd Archer of ESPN reports that Cowboys G La’el Collins will undergo toe surgery today to repair a ligament tear in his right big toe and will be placed on injured reserve.
Collins had his toe evaluated by three specialists, but Mike Garafolo reports that there was no guarantee his toe would heal correctly this year, so surgery was deemed to be his best long-term solution.
The Cowboys will move forward with Ronald Leary as their replacement to Collins in the starting lineup.
Collins, 23, wound up going undrafted out of LSU, but ultimately signed a three-year, $1.599 million contract that is fully guaranteed and included a $21,000 signing bonus. He stands to make bases salaries of $526,750 and $616,750 over the next two years before testing the open market as a restricted free agent.
In 2016, Collins has appeared in three games for the Cowboys and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 71 guard out of 74 qualifying players.