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La'El Collins isn't practicing as he rests his back.

Cowboys tackle La’El Collins still resting with a bulging disc

Jon Schlosser

The Dallas Cowboys may not have right tackle La’El Collins when they play the Washington Redskins. He’s still battling the back injury that’s been limiting him in practice. Even if he is able to play, he sounds unlikely to be close to 100 percent.

“It could be another week of missed practice for La’El Collins. Heading into the Week 13 fight against the rival Washington Redskins, the starting right tackle sat out practice all week as he nursed what was described as a sore back,” reported Patrik Walker of 247 Sports. “Collins admits it’s a bit more than just back soreness or tightness, and describes it as a ‘slight bit’ of a bulging disc.”

The Cowboys have absolutely been banged up on the line this year, which hasn’t helped with running back Ezekiel Elliott serving his suspension. Top left tackle Tyron Smith has missed entire games, and it’s been obvious on the field as pressure rains down on quarterback Dak Prescott.

Collins does seem optimistic. He’s just trying to rest it and follow the doctor’s orders.

“They’re doing a great job just helping me through this right now because it’s of course a little tough,” Collins said, per Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News. “We’re going to get through it.”

For the Cowboys, the problem is that they don’t really have any time to wait. At 6-6, their season hangs in the balance. Winning out could net them a wildcard playoff spot. Dropping even one more game could essentially knock them out of the hunt.