The Dallas Cowboys have suffered their first major injury of training camp, reports today have revealed.
After being carted off the practice field on Monday evening, the injury suffered by second-year defensive tackle Chris Whaley has been confirmed as a torn Achilles.
The news is as much a personal blow for the former Texas Longhorns star as it is for the Cowboys, with Whaley having been hoping to make a big impression on defense having sat out the entirety of his rookie season with injury problems.
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Whaley, as noted by the Cowboys' official website, had Dallas staff excited to see what he could produce this year but his future with the franchise must now be in doubt as he prepares for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.
In terms of the impact of the Cowboys roster moving forward, the franchise still has a host of options at defensive tackle with Tyrone Crawford, Terrell McClain, Nick Hayden, Davon Coleman and Ken Bishop all competing for a spot.
However, with two of those players, Bishop and McClain, also dealing with injuries at this time, Dallas may feel the need to address the developing problem in the near future.
Whaley's Achilles injury is the first major setback for any player at Dallas Cowboys training camp this year, but he isn't the only player to have been dealing with injuries.
High profile names such as Dez Bryant and Darren McFadden have has hamstring issues of varying severity.
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