Dallas Cowboys RT Terence Steele out for season, ACL injury- Casino.org

Published on: December 13, 2022, 12:17 p.m.

Last update: December 13, 2022, 12:47 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys lost starting right tackle Terence Steele for the remainder of the regular season and postseason. That’s after the offensive lineman suffered a serious left knee injury against the Houston Texans in Week 14.

Dallas Cowboys RT Terence Steele ACL MCL knee injury
Dallas Cowboys right tackle Terence Steele, seen here assisted by two members of the practice squad, suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Image: Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports)

The injury occurred in the second quarter when a Texans quarterback fell on Steele. He left the game and never came back.

The Cowboys rallied to beat the Texans, 27-23, preventing one of the biggest upsets of the season. The one-win Texans had the worst record in the NFL and entered the intrastate battle as a giant underdog at +17. The Texans covered but lost the game by four points.

The Cowboys improved to 10-3 this season and are now tied for the second-best record in the NFC. The Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFL at 12-1.

The Cowboys are +800 odds to win Super Bowl LVII as the fourth favorite on DraftKings’ NFL futures board. The Buffalo Bills are the betting favorites at odds of +350, followed by the Eagles (+450) and the Kansas City Chiefs (+500).

The Eagles lead the NFC East over the second-place Cowboys. The Cowboys are +450 odds to win the NFC East, according to DraftKings. The Eagles are -650 favorites to win the division for the third straight season.

The Eagles are +160 odds to win the NFC Championship. The Cowboys are right behind them at +350 odds to win the NFC title game.

Steele: End of Season Double Whammy

An MRI showed that Steele tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee. He will need reconstructive knee surgery and could miss a significant amount of next season.

Anytime a team loses a member of their starting offensive line, it’s a huge blow to both the running game and the passing game. In Steele’s case, he was considered the most underrated referee in the trenches for the Cowboys.

It’s a big loss for us and we have to find a way to come together and fill that spot for him.” said right guard Zack Martin. “I said it last year and I said it this year, he was our bell cow. So we have to step up and find a way to fill that hole.”

Since joining the Cowboys in 2020, Steele has started 40 games with the team while missing just five due to injury. This season, Steele hasn’t missed a start in his first 13 games.

Steele was an undrafted player out of Texas Tech who signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2020.

Veteran Jason Peters Next Man Up

The Cowboys initially replaced Steele with backup Josh Ball. However, Ball looked awful during two specific plays that resulted in a Dak Prescott quarterback fumble and an interception.

Head coach Mike McCarthy pulled Ball in favor of Jason Peters. Peters played out of position but helped provide tight coverage on the final drive that led to the game-winning touchdown.

Jason did a heck of a job of going out there and playing in that situation.” McCarthy said. “Jason has been in that two-minute situation for decades compared to Josh Ball.”

Peters, 40, is in his 19th NFL season and is expected to start at right tackle going forward.

Cowboys in second place in Stellar NFC East

A few seasons ago, the NFC East was so bad that the division winner locked up a playoff spot despite going 8-8 or even losing. Trolls passed along a popular meme of NFC logos on trash cans and dumpsters on fire, which indicated how bad the division was compared to the rest of the league.

The current NFC East is the toughest division in the NFL this season. In Week 15, all four teams have winning records, with the Eagles and Cowboys combining for 22 wins.

The New York Giants and Washington Commanders are 7-5-1. They currently hold the final two NFC wild-card spots, meaning all four NFC East teams could qualify for the postseason.

If the season ended today, the Eagles would earn a first-round bye with the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Cowboys are currently the No. 5 seed, while the Chiefs are the No. 6 seed and the Giants would clinch the final NFC wild-card spot with the No. 7 seed.

Conformable FiveThirtyEightThe Chiefs have a 73% chance of making the playoffs, while the Giants have a 45% chance.

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