Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Charles Tapper may have to hang up his cleats for a little while and get healthy – a common theme for the Cowboys defense as a whole.
“Cowboys DL Charles Tapper was on crutches in the locker room, not putting any weight on his right foot,” reported Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “Likely out for an extended period, which could free up a roster spot for the addition of DL David Irving.”
He wasn’t the only one who noticed, and the Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill, Jr. offered a bit more detail.
“Charles Tapper was in a walking boot, with a possible fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot,” Hill wrote. “He will be out a while.”
Tapper has already dealt with his fair share of injuries. The Cowboys drafted him in 2016, and only after that did they find out he was suffering from pars defect, a condition he’d had all his life. He just didn’t know about it until he got to the NFL. He eventually went to injured reserve and didn’t play a snap as a rookie.
“I don’t mind going thru the struggle,” Tapper wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “It’s just another one.”
He has been working hard this year, recording three tackles and a sack in the games against the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. He was inactive for the next two contests, and now it looks like he’ll be out for some time.
That’s a blow for the Cowboys, who really need the type of talent he can bring to the field.
“I bring a lot of speed,” Tapper said earlier in the year. “I have a lot of speed. So, I can bring some speed off the edge.”
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