After spending all season (so far) on the NFL’s Injured Reserve list, the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday opened the 21-day practice window for former OSU star James Washington, paving the way for him to finally step onto the field for the now-contending Cowboys.
Washington broke his foot in Oxnard during Dallas’ preseason training camp and has been on the mend ever since. He underwent a procedure to correct the issue, but has missed months rehabbing.
Timing couldn’t be better for Washington to finally return, though. Dallas is 8-3 on the season and second in the NFC East behind only Philadelphia as it gears up for a potential playoff push. Its passing game has lacked playmakers outside of CeeDee Lamb most of the season, but next to Michael Gallup, Washington should be able to give Dak Prescott a nice downfield threat to open up the passing game.
An exact date for when Washington can or will return to the field is still to be determined, but he could make his debut as soon as this weekend as Dallas faces the Indianapolis Colts. Dallas has 21 days to activate him to the 53-man roster, otherwise he will revert to the IR for the season that would end his 2022 campaign.