Dallas Cowboys

Rico Gathers still out with concussion, could be headed to injured reserve

Cowboys TE Rico Gathers remains in the concussion protocol.
Cowboys TE Rico Gathers remains in the concussion protocol. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers remains sidelined with a concussion two weeks after a helmet-to-helmet shot with safety Kavon Frazier knocked him out of an Aug. 15 practice in Oxnard, California.

Coach Jason Garrett said Gathers would not practice this week and will not play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium.

The extent of the concussion could force the Cowboys to place Gathers on injured reserve to start the season.

If the organization goes that route, Gathers would be out for at least the first eight weeks of the regular-season. He could return to practice after six weeks.

Gathers, the former Baylor basketball star turned tight end, was having an impressive camp before his injury. He caught a touchdown pass in each of the Cowboys’ first two preseason games, and seemed like a lock to make the 53-man roster after spending his rookie season on the practice squad.

But Gathers hasn’t played in the past two preseason games and won’t be available for Thursday’s game. He may not be available until later in the season.

In other injury news –

▪  Offensive lineman Chaz Green is wearing a walking boot after sustaining an ankle injury in Saturday’s preseason game. Green declined comment on his situation Monday. Green missed his rookie season with a hip injury and then was sidelined after four games, including two starts, in 2016 because of foot and back injuries.

▪  Defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods and Jourdan Lewis all continue to deal with hamstring injuries. Garrett said Awuzie and Woods will have a chance to play Thursday, while Lewis is a long shot.

▪  Wide receiver Ryan Switzer, also dealing with a hamstring injury, practiced Monday. He could see his first preseason action on Thursday.

▪  Cornerback Duke Thomas, a Texas product who has had an impressive training camp, is dealing with a sprained knee and ankle sustained in Saturday’s game. He is sidelined for the short term and won’t be able to play Thursday.