Just a day after rupturing his quad, veteran defensive lineman Gerald McCoy has been released by the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced on Tuesday.
Entering his 11th season in the NFL, McCoy was set to bring a strong presence to the defensive front in Dallas. However, during the first day of padded practice on Monday, McCoy suffered a quad injury that would end his 2020 campaign before it really began.
In this three-year, $18.3 million contract he signed this offseason, it was stipulated that a specific injury of that nature would allow the Cowboys to waive McCoy. The team opted to do that on Tuesday.
Dallas will play McCoy his $3 million signing bonus but hold onto the other $3.25 million of the first year of his deal.
Though the injury was a devastating blow for McCoy and the Cowboys, the team is hoping that the two side can re-connect in the future.
"I know Gerald in just the short time that we got to know him," Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said Tuesday. "But knowing from our studies, he'll push. He's a warrior. He'll get back. And in my opinion, he'll end up playing for the Dallas Cowboys, albeit not this year. But i see him putting on a (Cowboys) uniform on in the future."