Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick confirmed Tuesday evening that he won’t play in 2018.
Frederick has missed the entire season after contracting Guillain–Barré syndrome early in training camp.
Frederick was asked about comments from Cowboys’ vice president Stephen Jones on Monday in which he acknowledged Frederick would be unavailable the rest of the season, including deep into January, if the Cowboys were to have success in the playoffs.
Appearing on the Dallas Cowboys Hour on KRLD/105.3 FM The Fan, Frederick said he’s still far from being able to play.
“I feel very good about where I’m headed moving into next year,” Frederick said. “I’ve certainly made progress, but at this point in the season having not been able to do any football movements and things like that, even if I was 100 percent strength-wise, to be able to come back and play, I’m probably still six or eight weeks out.”
After being diagnosed with the immune disorder in August, Frederick at first responded well to treatment. He expected to be back on the field, which is one reason he remained on the 53-man roster at the start of the season. Guillain-Barre is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“Early on, based on the progress immediately after the treatment,” he said. “Had the progress kept at that pace I felt like I would have been able to play. At this point, I think we’re too far behind.”
That early progress quickly leveled off, which is common in some patients dealing with the disease and the Cowboys were eventually forced to put him on injured reserve. He’s clear to be active next week, but that won’t happen.
Right guard Zack Martin, who was doing the show with Frederick, said it has been tough playing without his best friend next to him.
“Imagine taking an All-Pro player out of any position,” Martin said. “But he’s been at meetings, away games, dinners, lifts, everything.”
Martin has been playing the past month with a knee injury.
“It’s getting better. I’ve come to grips with it going to be something to deal with the rest of the year,” he said. “We’ve had a good plan the last four or five weeks on how we’ve prepared leading up to the game and playing in the game.”
Left tackle Tyron Smith, who missed the past two games with a neck stinger, said on Monday he expects to play when the Cowboys (7-5) host the Eagles (6-6) at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Stadium.