Left guard La’el Collins will undergo surgery on his right big toe and will go on injured reserve. He will need 8-10 weeks to rehab.
The Cowboys had held out hope that Collins might play through the injury, and he sought two more opinions. But the foot specialists, including Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, couldn’t guarantee the torn ligament would heal on its own.
“That’s disappointing,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “We had hoped that he might try and play through that and let that kind of heal on its own. After several other opinions that confirmed really what our doctors thought early on that he would be better for him long term to get the surgery, then we got confirmation. He did. La’el did from two or three other doctors and he’s going to have that surgery.”
The second-year pro was injured on the extra point following the touchdown on the opening drive of the Cowboys’ 31-17 victory over the Bears on Sept. 25. The Cowboys signed guard Emmett Cleary for depth last week.
Ron Leary started Sunday against the 49ers, his 37th career start.
Leary requested a trade in the offseason, seeking a chance to earn a starting job elsewhere after losing his job to Collins last season. Leary, who made four starts last season, skipped the team’s offseason program.
But the Cowboys kept Leary, valuing his presence for depth purposes.
Jones said on his radio show that it’s “real likely” that kicker Dan Bailey, left tackle Tyron Smith and cornerback Orlando Scandrick play this week.
Smith has a bulging disc in his back, but Jones repeatedly has downplayed any concern.
“I don’t want to minimize it, but if you took an MRI of most players in the NFL, especially at those positions where they do leverage, where they work against other big men, most players would have some bulging discs,” Jones said Tuesday on 105.3.