Cowboys fans could breathe easier on Wednesday night after center Travis Frederick updated the media on his recent trip to see a specialists regarding a couple of stingers.
Frederick, a four-time Pro Bowl selection in his five NFL seasons, said he had a few stingers so far in camp and wanted to make sure it wasn’t an indication of a bigger problem. It all checked out, though. Frederick explained that the multiple occurrences of the injury, a shooting or burning pain in the neck, were caused by inflammation. No bigger problems were found. Frederick said he just needs some rest to help the inflammation go away.
With the Cowboys breaking camp in Oxnard on Friday and facing the Bengals at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Frederick will likely have at least four more days before he even considers practicing.
Dallas has taken a very deliberate approach to bringing players back from injury this preseason, so Frederick will likely have more than a week off of contact drills. Perhaps we’ll see him in the third preseason game against the Cardinals on August 26.
Elsewhere on the offensive line, backup guard Marcus Martin tore ligaments in his right big toe in last week’s preseason opener at San Francisco. Martin will likely have it surgically repaired. He’s out for the season.
But on the positive side, rookie left guard Connor Williams continues to impress during training camp.
Williams is in the conversation for most-impressive rookie, though it’s a crowded discussion. Cowboys draft picks LB Leighton Vander Esch, WR Michael Gallup and DE Dorance Armstrong have all garnered rave reviews and were featured in DallasCowboys.com’s top 10 newcomer list.