Former Iowa and current Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens suffered a knee injury on Saturday night against the Oakland Raiders, but he will not miss the 2017-18 NFL season.
Originally, some feared Hitchens suffered a torn ACL. That was determined not to be the case on Sunday, according to NFL Network reporter Jane Slater, as Slater reported Hitchens injury to be a fracture.
Per source: I can confirm that LB Anthony Hitchens out w a tibial plateau fracture. Will likely return in 8-10 weeks. Not acl tear.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 27, 2017
Hitchens went down with the injury late in the first half of the Cowboys’ preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The team suspected a torn ACL after the game and confirmed the injury Sunday.
The 6-foot, 235-pound former Hawkeyes has excelled for the Cowboys since they drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He started 11 games his rookie season and nine games in 2015. Hitchens’ play earned him an expanded role last year, as he started every contest.
At Iowa, Hitchens made his defensive presence known as a junior, leading the Big Ten with 124 total tackles, and started at linebacker again as a senior.
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