Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Unsure When He Will be Able to Play Again

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick is not sure when he will be able to play again as he deals with the repercussions of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system.

Frederick will remain on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster for now and miss the first games of his career, starting with Sunday’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers.

“It’s difficult for me personally. For a lot of guys in this locker room, you try to push through things,” Frederick said, speaking for the first time since the diagnosis. “When you’re injured, you try and get past it. This is something I can’t just will my way through. It’s a matter of the nerves not conducting properly and not working correctly. It’s going to require some patience and some great work from our rehab staff and our strength staff to be able to just continue push forward and take what my body gives me so I can continue to improve as those things come back and then I hopefully I can take that bigger jump.”

Frederick complained of stinger-type issues during training camp but was cleared by one of the top spine specialists in the country. When the symptoms did not subside, he received more tests and was diagnosed with GBS.

Frederick said it was caught early, but he continues to have some numbness in both arms. Before the diagnosis, he had numbness in his hands and feet before it moved to his arms. He has been able to begin lifting weights this week after doing some light training after leaving the hospital.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Todd Archer