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The Dallas Cowboys received some bad news earlier this week after star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy went down to an injury. Dallas announced that the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle and recent free-agent acquisition suffered a ruptured quad tendon. McCoy is out for the entire 2020 NFL season.

Now comes this piece of information courtesy of ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicating that the Cowboys have moved on from McCoy completely.

Dallas Cowboys release Gerald McCoy

Talk about the NFL being cold blooded.

McCoy, 32, signed a three-year, $18 million contract during the spring. Said deal called for $7 million guaranteed at signing and $9 million in total guarantees. Outside of the $3 million mentioned in the report, Dallas will not be on the hook for any of that other cash.

Where do the Cowboys go now after Gerald McCoy’s injury?

Dallas had brought in both McCoy and fellow defensive tackle Dontari Poe to man the inside this coming season. The two were expected to help edge rushers Demarcus Lawrence and the recently signed Everson Griffen. That’s obviously no longer going to be the case.

Instead, Dallas will turn to youngsters Neville Gallimore and Trysten Hill to help hold down the fort against the run. Selected in the third round of April’s draft, the Cowboys are said to be extremely high on Gallimore. While the Oklahoma product does not pack as much of a punch from a pass-rush standpoint as McCoy, his 304-pound frame should hold up well in the NFL.

As for McCoy, there’s no telling where he goes from here. The former top-three pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had recorded six sacks or more in each of the past seven seasons. Despite being a bit long in the tooth, McCoy should be able to latch on with another NFL team next season.

Vincent Frank
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