Darren McFadden (Elbow)
Darren McFadden broke his elbow in a non football related fall in which he fell at his home. There were several reports that he was trying to catch his phone which had fallen, but he has denied those because they are false. As of now, he is questionable for week 1.
Jaylon Smith (Knee)
Jaylon Smith tore his left ACL and LCL in a brutal injury in the 2015 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. The main issue with his knee injury was the damage was so deep that it stretched far enough to put his nerve to rest, and for him to become healthy again that nerve needs to fire back. There is no telling when he will be back on the field, but his surgent who performed the surgery just about immediately following the injury was the Dallas Cowboys head physician Dr. Daniel Cooper. Therefore, there is a reason that the Dallas Cowboys drafted him and there is much belief through the organization that he will play at some point this season.
Lance Dunbar (Knee)
Lance Dunbar tore his left ACL, and partially tore his left MCL on a gruesome kickoff return injury on October 4th, 2015 against the New Orleans Saints. There were also reports that he tore his left patellar tendon as well. Dunbar had his patellar tendon repaired in October and his ACL separately reconstructed in December. This is a lot for a young back to overcome, but he is still very young and he rehab has reportedly went slow, but very well so a bounce back season is very possible.
Gavin Escobar (Achilles)
Gavin Escobar tore his right Achilles’ tendon in week 15 of the 2015 season against the New York Jets. Escobar is on track to start week 1 of the 2016 season against the New York Giants.
Maliek Collins (Foot)
Maliek Collins broke his right foot in minicamp making a “simple cut” and is questionable for week 1 right now. With all the commotion going on with the defensive line right now that would be nice to have him suiting up. Hopefully, he is able to recover cleanly from this unfortunate “freak incident” and get back out on the field soon.
Benson Mayowa (Knee)
Benson Mayowa injured his knee in minicamp and needed to undergo a minor arthroscopic left knee surgery which went successful. This was so minor that it was not much of a set back, he should be ready for training camp.
Demarcus Lawrence (Suspension)
Demarcus Lawrence is suspended without pay for the first 4 games of the regular season. He has appealed the suspension, but it was denied. This leaves a gap on the left side of the defensive line. On a positive note, Lawrence has been very apologetic about it and has vowed to make better decisions in the future.
Randy Gregory (Suspension)
Randy Gregory is suspended without pay for the first 4 games of the regular season. He has not appealed the suspension, but it would likely get denied if he did. This leaves a gap on the right side of the defensive line as well. In all, there is a huge gap on the defensive line.
Breaking News (July 26th Update)
Randy Gregory is now suspended for 10 games due to another drug policy violation. This creates a bigger void in the defensive line and hopefully somebody (such as David Irving) steps up in these difficult times or Dallas signs a veteran (such as Dwight Freeney), or best case scenario both.
Rolando McClain (Suspension)
Rolando McClain is suspended without pay for the first 10 games of the regular season due to a violation of the NFL’s policy against substance abuse.
Published by: Nicco Vocaturo