Since being selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Travis Frederick has become one of the most outstanding offensive linemen in the National Football League. However, the past several weeks have seen Frederick indisposed due to a shoulder injury that left him with “stingers”. Now, it appears that Frederick has bigger problems to deal with.
Wednesday evening, Frederick made a post to his Twitter account announcing that he has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the nerves. Frederick states that he has received two treatments over the past 48 hours, and will continue treatment over the next several days.
“I am very optimistic about my condition and the immediate future, as I have been told that the illness was detected at a fairly early stage,” wrote Frederick. “My doctors have told me that it is not possible to determine a time table for a return to the field right now, but I am hopeful that I will be able to play as soon as possible.”
According to WebMD, most people who are diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome make a full recovery in approximately six months to a year. Once the disease has left the body, the chances of it returning are exceedingly low, as are the chances of permanent nerve damage.
Though the Cowboys continue to have one of the NFL’s most dominant offensive lines, Frederick’s situation suddenly leaves the unit without their All-Pro center. The Cowboys had been licking their chops ahead of their Week One matchup against the Carolina Panthers, who have suffered three different knee injuries to their offensive line, but are now faced with issues of their own.
Frederick’s issues were preceded by a hyperextension of guard Zack Martin‘s knee, which was suffered in the Cowboys’ Preseason Week Two game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Martin is expected to recover in time for the start of the regular season. In a corresponding move, the Cowboys pulled the plug on both quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott in preseason competition, bubble-wrapping the duo until the Cowboys’ September 9 trip to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Though the Cowboys had expected that Frederick would also be ready for the opener, his current state now leaves him out indefinitely – A particular problem for Dallas, as they seek to retake the NFC East crown that had slipped away from them in 2017.