Tight end Geoff Swaim will undergo surgery Thursday on his torn right pectoral tendon. He anticipates a four-month rehab.
The Cowboys will place him on injured reserve this week.
“It’s by no means the end of the world,” Swaim said Tuesday. “It’s just something you’ve got to overcome and keep going.”
Swaim, a 2015 seventh-round pick out of Texas, was trying to cut block one of the Steelers’ defensive ends in the second quarter when he was injured.
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“It was kind of a weird deal,” Swaim said. “It was me just hitting my shoulder wrong. It didn’t really look like much of anything, but I heard it pop, and I knew that kind of was it.”
Swaim had become the team’s No. 2 tight end behind Pro Bowler Jason Witten. He played 203 offensive snaps, catching six passes for 69 yards, after playing only 24 snaps with one reception last season as a rookie.
“It’s disappointing personally because I’ve played well, and I want to continue that,” Swaim said. “It’s more disappointing just not being able to be a part of what we’ve got going on. It’s a pretty special group of guys and special team. That part for me is the toughest, just not being around our guys. We still have a long way to go. So just take it one day at a time and just rehab and do what you can.”