A new member of Dallas’ reception group has encountered some bad luck. After landing awkwardly on his foot during practice on Monday, James Washington was helped off the field. The team later reported that additional tests had confirmed a broken fifth metatarsal. Washington will be out for six to ten weeks.
After spending his first four seasons as a professional in Pittsburgh, where he was selected in the second round with reasonable expectations, Washington joined the Cowboys. Washington struggled in his rookie campaign, but he excelled in his sophomore campaign, catching 44 receptions for 735 yards and three scores.
That was the most he could manage as a Steeler, and once his rookie contract expired, he quietly left the Steel City after slipping behind three teammates. In Dallas, where the Cowboys spent a part of the summer trying to refill its receivers room after the losses of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson, Washington saw a fresh chance. Dallas still has more than enough players to take the place of Washington, but some of the depth they had planned to add will be lost.