NFL News: Implications of Trevon Diggs Torn ACL

Dallas Cowboys‘ star cornerback, Trevon Diggs, sustained an ACL tear during Thursday’s practice, marking a significant setback for the team. Following the injury, Diggs was spotted on crutches during the team’s open locker room session.

So far this season, Diggs has been instrumental for the Cowboys, defending three passes, ranking third in the League. He’s also played a key role in the Cowboys’ league-leading five interceptions in the first two weeks. The team is scheduled to play the Arizona Cardinals on the road this Sunday with very favorable NFL Lines


nfl player trevon diggsPotential Replacements for Diggs

The gravity of Diggs’ absence will likely push second-year CB DaRon Bland to fill the void on the outside opposite Stephon Gilmore. Consequently, Jourdan Lewis is expected to take up the nickel corner role on the inside. Diggs’ contributions to the Cowboys’ defense have been monumental, with a solid 18 interceptions since he debuted in the NFL in 2020. When facing Diggs in the two games this season, opposing quarterbacks managed a mere 1.0 passer rating. While the Cowboys have other cornerbacks, including former first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene and rookie Eric Scott, Diggs’ absence will be heavily felt.

The Cowboys boast a deep secondary, especially with Gilmore securing one side and Bland and Lewis as strong third and fourth options. However, Diggs’ impact is hardly matched through the roster. 

Known for game-changing plays, Diggs can turn seemingly regular plays into significant gains for the Cowboys. Despite past criticisms regarding his physicality, this season showcased Diggs’ enhanced skills, notably when he forced a turnover from Saquon Barkley, leading to an interception-turned-touchdown by Bland. Additionally, he stripped a receiver later in the same game. Diggs, once primarily known for his 11 interceptions two seasons ago, has now morphed into a well-rounded cornerback, further benefiting from playing opposite Gilmore.


Diggs’ Career Highlights

This injury comes shortly after Diggs secured a five-year, $97 million contract extension with the Cowboys in July, just ahead of the last year on his rookie contract. Selected 51st in the 2020 NFL Draft, Diggs made headlines in 2021 by leading the NFL with 11 interceptions and two pick-sixes, earning a first-team All-Pro selection. He continued his impressive run with a Pro Bowl appearance in 2022 after three interceptions. Under Diggs’ influence, the Cowboys have been the top team in takeaways for the past two seasons, a feat last achieved in the 1970s.


BUSR NFL Odds for the Cowboys on Week 3

The Dallas Cowboys, popularly known as ‘America’s Team’, have begun the season on a high note with a decisive 30-10 win over the Jets, marking a flawless 2-0 record. Dak Prescott spearheads their offense with a 71% passing rate, accumulating 398 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tony Pollard impresses on the ground, racking up 142 yards and matching Prescott’s two touchdowns. CeeDee Lamb stands out among the receivers, covering 220 yards from 15 catches. The team’s defense, led by Markquese Bell’s 12 tackles and buoyed by Micah Parsons and Osa Odighizuwa’s combined 6 sacks, showcases their dominance with 10 total sacks and 5 interceptions.

The Cowboys are favored by 12 points with odds of -110, while the Cardinals are underdogs at +12 (-110). On the moneyline, the Cowboys stand at -750, and the Cardinals are at +525. We recommend taking the Cowboys to cover the spread, as they’re a much superior team than the Cardinals.