Cowboys Get More Disappointing Luke Schoonmaker News to Begin OTAs

Luke Schoonmaker's injuries are continuing to pile up. The Dallas Cowboys TE is now set to miss the team's OTAs due to another medical issue.
Cowboys TE Luke Schoonmaker is dealing with another injury.
Cowboys TE Luke Schoonmaker is dealing with another injury. / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys' 2023 rookie draft class left much to be desired in their first NFL season, especially when it comes to Luke Schoonmaker. The former Michigan tight end failed to prove his worth after the Cowboys selected him 58th overall last spring, leaving fans hoping for better results in Year 2 and beyond.

In an effort to be his best self in 2024, Schoonmaker underwent a surprise shoulder surgery earlier this offseason. The recovery period wasn't supposed to be long, though, and the hope was that the 25-year-old could enjoy an uninterrupted remainder of the offseason.

While Schoonmaker's shoulder might be good to go, the budding pass-catcher is now dealing with another concerning injury situation.

Cowboys News: Luke Schoonmaker Injury Update

Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken reported on Wednesday that Schoonmaker is currently hampered by a new hamstring injury. The issue is expected to sideline the Hamden, CT native throughout Dallas' organized team activities (OTAs) with no concrete timetable for a return.

The situation is frustrating given that Schoonmaker is now dealing with injuries in back-to-back offseasons to begin his NFL career. He dealt with plantar fasciitis last summer which kept him out of the Cowboys' 2023 mandatory minicamp and the first few weeks of training camp.

A lack of a full offseason to gel with his teammates is likely one reason why Schoonmaker couldn't get anything going as a rookie. Despite suiting up in all 17 of Dallas' games, the former third-team All-Big Ten TE only caught eight of 15 targets sent his way for 65 yards, two touchdowns, and five first downs. He also made a seven-yard catch in the Cowboys' postseason loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Nevertheless, Dallas needs the second-year tight end to step up once the 2024 campaign opens. Outside of CeeDee Lamb, Jake Ferguson, and Brandin Cooks, the Cowboys' pass-catching group is largely unproven. That's especially true for a TE room that features Peyton Hendershot (4 catches for 38 yards last season) and undrafted rookie Brevyn Spann-Ford.

Whether you believe Jerry Jones or not, the Cowboys are going all in to end their Super Bowl drought next season. A breakout performance from Schoonmaker would go a long way in helping to achieve that goal.

As the NFL offseason continues, America's Team currently owns the eighth-best Super Bowl LIX odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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