Cowboys C Tyler Biadasz’s ankle injury ‘better than expected’

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys believe they’ve recovered from potential end-of-season injury from starting center Tyler Biadasz in Thursday’s Tennessee Titans win.

Biadasz suffered a high sprain to his right ankle when he recovered in the final game of the third quarter and will miss the regular season finale against the Washington Commanders next week, according to a source, but may be ready to go to the wild card playoff round.

“It’s better than we expected,” said coach Mike McCarthy, adding that there is no specific time frame for Biadasz’s return. Biadasz will begin rehab on Saturday after getting an MRI on Friday.

His absence led to a three-player mess on the offensive line against the Titans. Connor McGovern moved from left to center, rookie Tyler Smith moved from left tackle to left defensive, and veteran Jason Peters moved to left interception.

Three weeks ago, the Cowboys had to change their line when right tackle Terence Steele suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee, but veteran Pro Bowler Tyron Smith returning from a torn knee beam was ready to play on the right. take up.

“We work all these different combinations for a reason, so this is the realm we’re in,” McCarthy said. “We’re not just playing with five people and it was a challenge for us. So I think the way we finished the game worked out well for us, so that’s definitely what we’re going to look at as a starting point, but we have to do it.” Make sure we have eight offensive officers ready to go to Washington.”

McGovern played a handful of snaps at center earlier this season. He last played the position full-time at Penn State in 2017. He said his first point on Thursday was to make sure his right hand was dry to help with trades. She takes a few pictures with Dak Prescott during training week.

“I felt like I was riding a bike again,” McGovern said.

McCarthy had not studied the game prior to a conference call with reporters, but felt that there were no problems with the sudden movements or calls of the defensive fronts in the game.

Peters, 40, hasn’t played more than 27 snaps in a game this season, but McCarthy isn’t worried about having to use the veteran full-time in combat.

“I think he’s ready for a full game,” McCarthy said of Peters, who joined the squad shortly after Tyron Smith was injured during training camp. “I think that’s just as he got here, and we’ve been very meticulous about workload capacity and workload even during practice week. And Jason, he’s an old-school pro. He’s down there right now. He knows what it takes to get ready. And that’s the year. time too.”

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