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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cowboys Injury Update: DeVonte Holloman told to retire

By on 8/22/2014 05:00:00 PM

The Dallas Cowboys depleted defensive took another blow this morning. DeVonte Holloman, the Cowboys second year middle linebacker is being told by team doctors to retire. Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas first reported the story.

In an off-season filled with injuries for the Dallas Cowboys this comes as massive blow for an already thin linebacker core. Earlier this summer the Cowboys best defensive player and All-Pro middle linebacker Sean Lee sustained a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament and is going to be lost for the season. Now Lee's prospective replacement Holloman is being told to retire due to neck injuries.

DeVonte Holloman was a second year player for the Cowboys who missed seven games last season with a spinal cord contusion. Holloman was able to return to the field at the end of last season and showed potential to be a young star for the Cowboys. In the off-season Holloman practiced with the team and learned how to tackle again to help prevent further injuries. Holloman has had recurrent neck issues the past few weeks and upon meeting with team doctors, they broke the news to Holloman that he should retire.

Unlike David Wilson, who also had to cut his young NFL career short due to spinal stenosis, DeVonte Holloman suffered a spinal cord contusion last season. Spinal cord contusion is a serious injury in which the spinal cord becomes inflamed and bleeding occurs due to disruption of blood vessels around the spinal cord. This type of injury can result in neurological deficits or paralysis. Recurrent issues after being returned to play is a red-flag for the medical staff and means there is probably more going on within the spinal cord then first noted.

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