Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin placed on injured reserve with hip injury suffered in win over Vikings

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Things aren’t going as planned for Blake Jarwin in 2021. 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 has seen his targets dwindle. And having now suffered a hip injury in the Dallas Cowboys victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8, he’s been moved to injured reserve, a source tells CBS Sports.

This means Jarwin will miss a minimum of three games, opening the door for Schultz to continue as the definitive starter and for the Cowboys to get a better look at Sean McKeon, a player who showed a ton of promise in camp and in the preseason before suffering an ankle injury that landed him on injured reserve. He returned to practice Oct. 13, and has since been moved to the active 53-man roster. He’ll compete with veteran Jeremy Sprinkle for reps, but it seems a foregone conclusion the Cowboys will lean more heavily on getting a regular season look at McKeon in tandem with Schultz. 

Jarwin has proven himself a playmaker when given the chance and as one of Prescott’s favorite targets in the past, but in his absence, Schultz took a gargantuan leap forward and finally established himself as a viable starter in the league as well. Schultz took full advantage of his 14 starts in 2020, delivering career-highs in receiving yards (618) and touchdowns (four) despite a carousel of mostly dismal quarterback play following the loss of Prescott to a season-ending injury in Week 5.

When Jarwin does return, he’ll potentially have to…


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