The tight end position in Dallas has become a bit of a one-man show this season in Dallas, with Jake Ferguson stepping into the leading-man role. The second-year security blanket out of Wisconsin is currently second on the team in receptions and receiving yards and he’s tied with CeeDee Lamb for the most touchdowns.
But his co-star is expected to make his comeback to the big stage soon.
Peyton Hendershot was designated to return by the Cowboys on Wednesday. He’s resumed practicing and could be moved back to the active roster at any point in the next 21 days- possibly even this week, before the team’s trip to Carolina to face the Panthers.
Hendershot hurt his ankle during practice on Sept. 29. It sidelined him for two games before it was decided that the injury had “not progressed as hoped.” That’s when the club opted to place him on injured reserve, a move that mandated another four-game absence at minimum.
But according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the 2022 undrafted free agent out of Indiana “feels fresh” and was “eager to move around” on the practice field once again.
The 6-foot-4-inch Hendershot has just one catch on two targets for three yards thus far this season. He dropped a sure touchdown pass in Week 1 and was stuffed on a goal-line rush in Week 2.
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Rookie Luke Schoonmaker was expected to pick up some of the slack after Hendershot was placed on IR, but the team’s second-round draft pick has not been terribly impressive, at least as a receiver. He’s caught just three balls for 14 yards, and while he did score his first NFL touchdown in Week 2, he’s likely more familiar to Cowboys fans for his multiple drops over his first nine games as a pro.
Hendershot was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice session.