Cowboys center Travis Frederick offered some clarification on Wednesday about the neck soreness that has sidelined him the last two weeks.
Frederick explained, via a statement on the team’s official website, that he has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which is an autoimmune disease. Frederick went on to say the disease was caught in its early stages and he feels good about his recovery.
In reading through the statement, it seemed like Frederick was leading up to announcing his retirement. However, he said he is looking to get back on the field as soon as possible. He said doctors haven’t been able to give him a timetable for his return to action.
Frederick saw specialists in Los Angeles and Dallas in reaching the diagnosis.
With the Dallas starting center sidelined, Joe Looney steps into Frederick’s role. Looney is entering his seventh NFL season and has 13 starts under his belt.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett seemed excited about Looney’s potential.
"Believe it or not, he's getting better and better and better with the snaps that he gets,” Garrett said. “It's a great illustration of the value of getting practice reps and game reps. I think he's really handled it well and I think he's improved as a player.''