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Things haven’t gone as planned for Blake Jarwin in 2021, but he’ll soon have a shot at writing a great ending to his latest chapter in Dallas. The veteran tight end has been on injured reserve since suffering a hip injury in the Week 8 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, having now missed the last nine outings, a number that will rise to 10 when the Dallas Cowboys travel to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 18 without him. 

But he’s officially on the road back to the playing field this week — shortly after the team lost one of Dak Prescott’s key targets in Michael Gallup, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. On Tuesday, Jarwin was designated to return from injured reserve, the team announced, and that kicks open a 21-day window in which he’ll be allowed to practice before the Cowboys are forced to either activate him to the 53-man roster or return him to IR. 

His 21-day window will expire on Jan. 25, and the NFL playoffs begin for the Cowboys the weekend of Jan. 14. 

The talented tight end looked forward to regaining prime form in 2021, after suffering a torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season — thrusting backup Dalton Schultz into the lead role. Schultz went on to have a breakout season that’s rolled over into the current one, while Jarwin saw his targets dwindle in his bid to again become a key piece of the offense. His latest injury kept the door open for Schultz to truly dig in as TE1 in what is a contract season for the former fourth-round pick, but there’s not been a lot of production behind him on the depth chart.

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