Hanna ended the 2016 season on injured reserve after requiring a second surgery in November to repair a knee injury he sustained last summer. He still has roughly two months until offseason workouts begin, but there is no indication he'll be ready to take the field by then. When healthy, Hanna could be in line to compete with Geoff Swaim (pectoral) for the No. 2 tight end role in 2017 with Gavin Escober set to hit free agency.
Hanna (knee) is set to undergo a second knee surgery Tuesday, ESPN reports.
Hanna opened training camp on the PUP list after needing knee surgery in August and will now require his second procedure in less than three months. He will miss the remainder of the season, leaving only Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar as healthy options on the Cowboys' roster.
Hanna underwent knee surgery in mid-August, but the injury he suffered is reportedly minor in nature when compared to other more prevalent knee injuries. He'll be confined to the sidelines until Week 7, but he has a legitimate chance at regaining the Cowboys' No. 2 tight end job before year's end.
Hanna (knee) has decided to have knee surgery and may not be ready for the start of the regular season, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
Hanna was expected to be the unquestioned No. 2 tight end for the Cowboys, behind Jason Witten, but now that he's facing the very real possibility of remaining on the PUP list at the start of the season, therefore missing at least six games, Gavin Escobar and Geoff Swaim could make the team to start the year. The positive for Hanna is that his knee injury is relatively minor, as far as knee injuries can go, and it still remains unlikely that he'll miss a majority of the season.
Hanna (knee) will likely require a scope, although he intends to seek out a third opinion in Dallas before making a final decision, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Fellow tight end Geoff Swaim is likely in place for unexpected reps if Hanna is unable to return by Week 1. The blocking tight end first noticed an issue on July 29 and was placed on the Cowboys' PUP list that same day.
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