The Dallas Cowboys have dealt with a multitude of injuries on the defensive side of the ball in recent months and received even worse news on Thursday morning as linebacker DeVonte Holloman will likely be forced to end his playing career.
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After suffering yet another neck injury, the former 6th-round pick has been advised by doctors to stop playing football for fear of an even more devastating scenario.
DeVonte Holloman was a highly regarded defensive force coming out of South Carolina and showed off some impressive skills for the Dallas Cowboys during their 2013 preseason. However, Holloman suffered a spinal contusion in practice and ended up missing a large chunk of the Cowboys season.
He ended up returning to the field, starting both of the the Dallas Cowboys final two games and was expected to partially fill-in for already injured linebacker Sean Lee. However, with his playing career is serious jeopardy, that will not happen.
Seeing any player go down is difficult enough, but to see a young, promising talent like DeVonte Holloman be forced into retirement from an injury is nothing short of heartbreaking.
Holloman, who suffered the injury this past Saturday against the Baltimore Ravens will continue to undergo further tests but playing again will put the linebacker in far too much danger.
The 23-year-old appeared in nine games for the Dallas Cowboys last season and recorded 26 tackles and two sacks.