FRISCO, Texas – Kavon Frazier’s season is over.
The fourth-year safety injured his pectoral on Sunday night in New Orleans, and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Monday that the injury is going to end his year.
“Kavon is going to have surgery tomorrow,” Garrett said. “We anticipate putting him on IR and him being out for the year.”
The safety position has been a problem spot since the season started, and it doesn’t figure to change. In addition to Frazier’s injury, Xavier Woods also appeared to hurt his shoulder and will bear monitoring.
It’s a tough blow for Frazier, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. The Central Michigan product was drafted in the sixth round in 2016 as part of the same draft class as Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. He’s now set for unrestricted free agency when the season is over.
With Frazier unavailable, Garrett said the club will weigh its options in deciding whether to add a replacement. The veteran has been a key piece of the Cowboys’ special teams, playing 64 percent of the team’s special teams snaps during the first three weeks of the season.
“He is a good special teams player for us. He has been a flyer for us and played in other situations, as well,” Garrett said.
The Cowboys also lean on C.J. Goodwin on special teams, and this also means that Donovan Wilson could be called into action. The rookie safety was out with an ankle injury for the first two weeks of the season, and he was a healthy inactive in Week 4.
These are all variables Garrett said the coaches will consider.
“We have to access who is available in house, access who is available on the street and will make those decisions the next couple of days,” he said.