The Dallas Cowboys’ defense sustained a brutal blow earlier this week when star cornerback Trevon Diggs suffered a torn ACL in practice.
Obviously, the injury will knock Diggs out for the remainder of the season.
The injury comes right on the heels of the Cowboys’ scintillating 2-0 start which has been largely driven by their dominant defense, which has allowed just 10 points through two weeks and ranks No. 1 in the NFL in yards allowed.
Legendary Dallas wide receiver and current Fox Sports analyst Michael Irvin was crushed by the news of Diggs’ injury and explained as much earlier this week.
Diggs had already logged four tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and three passes defended through the first couple of games of 2023.
The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by Dallas in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
It didn’t take long for Diggs to establish himself as one of the league’s best cornerbacks, registering 58 tackles, a sack, three picks, a forced fumble and 14 passes defended during his rookie campaign.
The following year, Diggs broke out in a major way, racking up a league-leading 11 interceptions to go along with 52 tackles, a pair of defensive touchdowns and 21 passes defended en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
Diggs made another trip to the Pro Bowl last season after totaling 59 tackles, three picks, a fumble recovery and 14 passes defended.
What’s more, opposing quarterbacks have a 9.9 passer rating when making throws where Trevon Diggs is the nearest defender.
Now, the Cowboys will have to find a way to manage without him. They will take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.