Jerry Jones: Travis Frederick In Good Spirits; Team Focused On His Long-Term Health

Josh Clark
August 23, 2018 - 11:39 am
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - Despite his Pro-Bowl center being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is relieved they have an answer to Travis Frederick's health problems. 

"We were so happy when it was diagnosed. He and we had been concerned that we couldn't get a diagnosis. The biggest thing we've been worried about in this organization is his long-term health and individual well-being as opposed to how it impacts us as a team. But, his well-being is most important.

"Relevant to potentially some other things that might have been considered, we thought this (diagnosis) was great news. There are a lot of degrees and a lot of definitions as to what this is. And like any syndrome, they are hard to have any prediction (on his return to football)."

Jones said they haven't made any plans yet about how to add depth to the offensive line and they'll meet today to discuss it. Head coach Jason Garrett informed the media Thursday that Joe Looney will now step in at center for Frederick. Garrett added that Zack Martin will remain at right guard, but he does provide the team a safety net because he has the ability to play center. 

As for Frederick, Jones and Garrett said they could tell something was off with him in practice. 

"It's amazing to me that he's been out here going through two-a-days and getting in (fights), I look back on it but that's Frederick," Jones said. 

The Cowboys don't know when Frederick might return to the field but they do know he's in a good place. 

"I've spoken to him since it's been diagnosed and his spirits are great," Jones said. 

Garrett says Frederick is already responding to the treatment he's received the last two days and they are "lucky" to have caught the disease in the early stages.

Former two-time Pro Bowl guard Mark Schlereth joined the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan to talk about what it's like to be diagnosed with the auto-immune disease.