Dallas finds itself in a bit of a sticky situation. On the one hand, Frederick is an elite-caliber center and grades out as one of the best lineman in the NFL, so it makes sense that the team will want to get him back in the lineup as soon as possible. On the flip side, Frederick's diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome presents a high degree of uncertainty regarding his future, and keeping him on the 53-man roster rather than placing him on IR could cut into Dallas' depth elsewhere. Given his value, the Cowboys are not yet ready to make any decisions that will rule him out for a significant portion of 2018, but it's possible they'll eventually have a tough call to make in that regard.
Frederick announced on his personal Twitter account Wednesday he has been diagnosed with the auto-immune disease Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Frederick expressed optimism for his return to football as the disease was apparently detected at a relatively early stage, but remains without any sort of return timetable. The 27-year-old seems unlikely to be available for the season opener Sept. 9 against the Panthers, which would bring an end to his 80-game starting streak. Frederick should be considered out indefinitely until indicated otherwise.
Frederick -- who has been sidelined recently by a neck issue stemming from numerous stingers -- just requires some rest to recover, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Frederick is expected to miss practice Thursday and likely Saturday's preseason contest as well, but it doesn't sound as though the issue should cost him too much time overall. When healthy, he should slot back in as the Cowboys' starting center.
Frederick traveled to Los Angeles to get his shoulder examined Wednesday, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Frederick has been bothered by stingers in recent practices, according to head coach Jason Garrett. It isn't clear when the offensive lineman expects to return to practice.
Frederick will shift most of his $10 million base salary for the season into a signing bonus, which frees up space for the Cowboys to sign linebacker Joe Thomas and receiver Deonte Thompson.
|5||10/7/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/11/18||@ PHI||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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