Cowboys' McCarthy hopes La'el Collins can avoid surgery

By 105.3 The Fan

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Concerns are growing about the health status of offensive lineman La'el Collins.

On 105.3 The Fan Monday morning, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said Collins "is a little bit further away" from returning.

Collins is eligible to return from the short-term injured reserve list this week, but Jones indicated he's not ready yet. As for why that is?

"He's just working with a couple issues that he's trying to get right. As I said, I don't want to get into specifics of what his injuries are. (We're) working through all that with him, trying to get him in a place where he can play at a high level again."

The cause for concern then got much greater after Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy was asked at his Monday afternoon press conference if surgery is a possibility for the offensive tackle.

"He's a ways off. But I think like any player that's on IR, unfortunately, you hope it doesn't get to that option. Time will tell. He's obviously dealing with something significant. We'll just continue to do the best we can and help him progress."

The Cowboys placed Collins on injured reserve to open the season with a hip issue. Team owner Jerry Jones said Collins initially was placed on IR because of conditioning issues but he "developed a couple of other things" along the way.