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James Hanna to undergo knee surgery, may miss start of season

James Hanna (left) could miss start of season following knee surgery.
James Hanna (left) could miss start of season following knee surgery. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Cowboys tight end James Hanna is scheduled to undergo minor knee surgery that could keep him out of the team’s season opener Sept. 11 against the New York Giants, sources confirmed.

Hanna has been sidelined all of training camp with a bone bruise. He has been on the physically unable to perform list, which means he could start the season on reserve/ PUP and miss the first six games of the season.

If that happens, Hanna would not be eligible to return until the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hanna signed a three-year deal this past offseason, and has established himself as a nice blocking tight end behind Jason Witten. Hanna, a sixth-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2012, has 33 catches for 286 yards in his four seasons.

With Hanna sidelined, it boosts the hopes of reserves Geoff Swaim and Gavin Escobar to make the 53-man roster out of camp. Swaim has been impressive most of camp, but had two drops in the preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

Escobar, meanwhile, is recovering from a torn Achilles that ended his season early last year. Escobar has practiced most of training camp, but did not play in Saturday’s game.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead hopes that his touchdown against the Rams will show his team that he can make big plays on special teams. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

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