In a sad revelation, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told the media Thursday that second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman’s career is probably over due to the neck injury suffered in last weekend’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. Holloman also missed six games last year with a spinal contusion, and Garrett added that this injury and that one are related.
“DeVonte got information back from the doctors he visited with regarding his neck and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football anymore,” Garrett said. “It’s in relation to the injury he had last year and he had a similar injury this year. I’ll let him speak more to that. But the information we have doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football anymore.”
A sixth round pick out of South Carolina a year ago, Holloman finished his rookie season with 26 tackles and two sacks, while appearing in nine games.
“It’s a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player (and) achieves those dreams,” Garrett said. “I told him this morning, ‘you’re a 10-year player in my mind. You’ll be for a long, long time.’ He just has everything you want. He has physical ability, he’s tough and has good feel for the game.
“But this becomes an easy decision for him and his family when you’re dealing with that kind of an injury. He had a good visit with him this morning. He had a smile on his face. He’s certainly welcome to be part of our football team.”
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