Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, according to Brandon George for The Dallas Morning News.
Though the club feared Hitchens had sustained a torn ACL in their preseason contest against the Oakland Raiders last week, the current diagnosis is a tibial plateau fracture that could the fourth-year player eight weeks. Arthroscopic surgery won’t add to his recovery timetable, but does have the potential to reveal more damage than an MRI did.
In other words, Hitchens isn’t quite out of the woods yet.
Hitchens started all 17 games for the Cowboys last season, including playoffs, finishing with 85 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
What Hitchens’ surgery means for the Cowboys
Arthroscopic surgery in itself doesn’t change much for Hitchens. The question now is what are doctors looking for and what might they find. Even if it’s not a torn ligament of some kind, there are all sorts of issues that could prolong his recovery.
Assuming all goes well, Dallas will get Hitchens back sometime around mid-season. If the 25-year-old is going to be out much longer than that, the question will start to become whether he’s going to return at all in 2017.
The Cowboys were breathing a big sigh of relief after the MRI, but time will tell whether it was premature.