The Dallas Cowboys have been down one key member of their football team to start the off-season workouts.
With a hamstring injury, Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley has not been on the field with his teammates as they prepare for the upcoming training camp later this summer. With the Organized Team Activities (OTA’s) finished up and the three-day mandatory mini-camp finishing up today, the Cowboys may not get their first look at Beasley until training camp in late July.
Per SportsDay, Beasley said that he’s not worried that the hamstring injury that bothered him since week 10, is still doing so to start the off-season program. He played through the injury during the second half of 2016, and would have been able to make it Wednesday if he needed to do so.
“It’s not concerning because I’ve been able to play through it. That makes me feel better about it,” Beasley said. “I really don’t think my hamstring will pull. I can’t explain what it feels like, but if I go out there and run full speed it’s not going to just go. I played with it for six weeks and in the playoffs and did everything in workouts. Because it hasn’t gone away that’s why we haven’t done anything the past couple of weeks. I would love to play without it being there.”
With the injury to Dez Bryant last year and the emergence of Beasley, the young slot receiver led the team in receiving last year as he gained an early chemistry with then rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. He finished the season with 75 receptions for 833 yards and five touchdowns, while topping his career highs in all categories in 2016 (tying TDs). As a matter of fact, Beasley has topped the year before in each of his five seasons in the league.
Going back to his hamstring injury, the medical staff believes that he is dealing with hamstring tendinitis.
“I wouldn’t say it’s soreness. It tightens up when I overextend,” Beasley said of his hamstring. “As far as running routes, it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s really after I catch the ball and try to open up is where I feel it. It doesn’t hurt. There is nothing surgery can do for it.
“They say they’ve had guys with an injury like this before and it’s nagged them for a long time and it just went away. So it’s kind of like a waiting game. If it doesn’t go away, I can play through it.”
Cole Beasley said he still has hamstring tendinitis that cropped up late in the year, played through it. Being careful; could play if needed
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) June 14, 2017
Cole Beasley said the receivers and Dak Prescott plan to get together in DFW ahead of training camp to “just stay in sync.”
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) June 14, 2017
The injury for Beasley may have opened playing time with the starters for rookie Ryan Switzer, but this is still Beasley position to lose. As long as he is healthy enough to be on the field, he will be the starter for this offense in the slot. What this really has done is shown the Cowboys they have another option on offense in the rookie as well. Don’t be surprised to see the pair of slot receivers on the field together, whether it’s in both slots or Switzer in the back field as a running back.
Are you worried about Beasley’s hamstring injury, or is this just a precautionary thing with the off-season workouts?