After leaving the field on Monday after injuring his left ankle, and then leaving for X-rays, Billy Nagy has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. He will have an MRI Tuesday for further evaluation.
High-ankle sprains can vary in terms of a return schedule, but typically in the 2-4 week range, sometimes longer.
The sprain is perhaps even more concerning because it is on the same ankle (left) that Nagy broke last season landing him on injured reserve. Before the injury last season Nagy showed promise as rookie and started four games at left guard.
This year, Nagy was projected as the backup center behind Phil Costa and is also valuable because of his versatility, which allows him to play both center and guard. The injury comes at a time when fellow offensive linemen, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Kevin Kowalski, both are listed on PUP.
The Cowboys are also getting concerned about Kowalski's ankle injury. More than a high-ankle sprain, Kowalski has some bruising in his ankle, which is delaying his return.
Kowalski and Nagy were the top two center backup options. These injuries are opening the door even more for youngsters David Arkin, Ron Leary and Harland Gunn, who have all taken plenty of reps in the first two days of training camp practice.