Every NFL team would like to avoid losing players due to injury during the preseason. It’s not always possible to avoid injuries.
Dallas Cowboys are going through a tough time. According to Michael Gehlken, the Dallas Morning News, both rookie linebacker DeMarvion Overshown as well as first-year John Stephens tore their ACL during Saturday’s preseason match against the Seattle Seahawks.
Cowboys received the news they feared today, twice over. A torn left ACL for LB DeMarvion Overshown, and a torn left ACL for TE John Stephens, two people familiar with MRIs said. Both rookies turned heads in camp, showing real potential. Now out for year. https://t.co/5ZGruZHoAa
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 20, 2023
Overshown, the third-round selection from Texas, injured his right knee during a tackle in the first quarter. He did not return to the field.
He made a big impression on his new squad during the off-season and training camp.
“He was climbing. He was climbing the charts,” Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy said following Saturday’s game. “He showed up right away in the offseason program, just his ability to fly around. Really has excellent command. So just hopeful. See how tomorrow goes.”
McCarthy said the Cowboys had big plans for Overhown in 2023: "Absolutely. He was climbing. He was climbing the charts. He showed up right away in the offseason program, just his ability to fly around. Really has excellent command. So just hopeful. See how tomorrow goes." https://t.co/z8aNXZ9wim
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 20, 2023
Stephens was also a free agent from Louisiana who had caught the attention of staff members this summer.
He had caught five passes in Dallas’s first preseason match for 56 yards, including a touchdown. Last night he made a six-yard reception before getting hurt.
On Saturday, the Cowboys will conclude their preseason schedule against the Las Vegas Raiders.