Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged that the loss of cornerback Trevon Diggs for the season with a torn anterior
cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday's practice is a blow, but said the organization's goals do not change.
"Obviously you feel sick [for] him," McCarthy said Friday on a conference call. "It's definitely a punch to the gut for our football team,
but this is an opportunity for our defensive depth to stand up and continue to move forward."
McCarthy said he has had a couple of conversations with Diggs since the injury, including one Friday morning.
Diggs suffered the injury during one-on-one red zone drills on the team's grass practice field. A decision on when he will have surgery has not been made.
As to whether McCarthy would alter the team's practice routine because of the injury, he said: "When you see the video,
it's something that can happen anywhere. Two guys going for the football and it looks like he came down and stepped on the foot of the wide receiver. This was not a drill issue at all."
Last year, the Cowboys lost Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith late in training camp to a torn hamstring that caused him to miss 13 games.
In the season opener, Dak Prescott suffered a broken thumb that forced him to miss five games,
but the Cowboys went 4-1 with Cooper Rush as the starting quarterback and finished with a 12-5 record in 2022.
"This is an example of what we're talking about when we speak on culture, the strength of the locker room," McCarthy said.
"It's something that you're going to have to deal with throughout the season. It's part of the adversity to win a championship.
The focal point really for us is really on Trevon, the person, because he needs our love and support, but this is part of the NFL. It's definitely unfortunate."
DaRon Bland is expected to move outside from the slot to Diggs' role opposite Stephon Gilmore, while Jourdan Lewis will see more action as the No. 3 cornerback.