There’s no doubt about it, the Dallas Cowboys will feel the absence of Trevon Diggs. After suffering a devastating torn ACL during a practice session on Thursday, the First-Team All-Pro cornerback is out for the entire 2023 season. This leaves a massive void opposite Stephon Gilmore, presenting a formidable challenge that this year’s defense is uniquely equipped to face head-on.
The injury took place on the grass field at the Cowboys’ Frisco facility during a one-on-one drill in the red zone, abruptly ending Diggs’ season—a season that had started explosively.
Head coach Mike McCarthy shared his thoughts on the unfortunate incident during an interview with 105.3FM the Fan on Friday morning, saying, “It’s always tough to see any of your players go down. Trevon was performing at an exceptional level, and that’s how he approached practice too. This is undoubtedly a significant setback. Our hearts go out to Trevon, and we’ll make sure he feels the love and support. Meanwhile, we have to keep moving forward.”
Moving forward means making some adjustments. Second-year talent DaRon Bland will step into the outside cornerback position, while Jourdan Lewis will return to his role as the starting nickel corner. Depth considerations are also being explored.
As the Cowboys shift their focus toward their upcoming matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, they are acutely aware of the profound impact of this injury, not only on the team but also on the individual behind the jersey.
McCarthy emphasized Diggs’ outstanding performance, saying, “This was the best version of Trevon I’ve ever seen. His training camp, his confidence, and his ball skills were exceptional. The injury occurred during a competitive play in the red zone, where he always seemed to be around the ball. Personally, you could see him growing in various aspects. He was poised to become one of our leaders, considering his recent contract extension and his overall growth. It’s a challenge he will tackle head-on. That’s just who he is. We’ll ensure he feels our unwavering support. We will certainly miss him as a player; he’s a vital part of our team, our culture, and our aspirations.”
Diggs had secured a multi-year extension from the Cowboys earlier in the summer, with a commitment to becoming “the perfect cornerback” for Dallas. His outstanding performance during training camp and his impact on the field during Week 1 and Week 2 showcased his commitment to this goal.
While his journey back to the field will be demanding and lengthy, Trevon Diggs will not walk it alone.
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