Dallas Cowboys have been given another piece of bad news regarding their defense after it was announced one of their linebackers will need to retire.
DeVonte Holloman has been told by doctors that he should retire after suffering a neck injury.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed that Holloman has been forced to retire because of a neck injury that followed a spinal contusion injury that made him miss seven games last season.
Holloman injured his neck in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' second pre-season game against Baltimore Ravens last weekend.
It is understood that Holloman suffered the injury while he was attempting to make a tackle.
The second-year NFL player only managed to start two games last season at middle linebacker, but there was a hope that he could fill a gap at the position this year after Sean Lee's devastating injury in Cowboys' OTA's.
Dallas drafted Holloman in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft from South Carolina, and the 23-year-old even managed to make two sacks last season against Philadelphia Eagles.
Still sporting hope
However, any promise that he showed in that game has been destroyed by his latest news.
But the news for DeVonte Holloman doesn't necessarily mean that he won't be able to ever play sport again professionally.
The New York Giants were dealt a similar blow to the Cowboys when running-back David Wilson was forced to retire.
The promising back's name trended for a little while across the globe as he made an emotional thank you to the Giants and his family, but this month hope has been handed to him in terms of playing sport professionally in the future.
Wilson has not given up hope of returning to the sporting arena, with the former running-back now hell bent on trying to pursue an Olympic dream by trying out for the triple jump in the near future.
Good luck to both Wilson and Holloman in their future endeavours, and who knows, maybe the latter can follow in the Giants' man's footsteps and find another sporting employment soon.