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Ateman to Undergo Foot Surgery

Bad news for the Cowboys

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Iowa State Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like the talented wideout, Marcell Ateman, will undergo foot surgery to repair a broken bone. John Helsley of the Oklahoman, broke the news via twitter:

Reports have said that October seems like a realistic timeframe for his Ateman’s return, but the coaching staff doesn’t seem to be giving too much away.

From John’s article:

A target date for Ateman’s return is unknown, dependent on how fast his foot heals and responds to the surgery.

“I don’t know where that’s going to be,” said Cowboys receivers coach Kasey Dunn. “I’m hoping as soon as possible. He’s had a great summer. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I think he’ll be back probably sooner than later.

We are 38 days away from playing SE Louisiana in Boone Pickens Stadium, and not having Ateman opposite Washington is going to hurt. While Washington has been the main focus of opposing defenses, Ateman has proven to be a dangerous weapon on the other side. Ateman put up the impressive stats of 45 receptions, 766 yards, and five touchdowns in last season’s campaign. With David Glidden’s departure, Ateman was expected to become the number two target for Mason Rudolph.

If October is truly the target date for a return, Ateman could be returning to face Texas or Iowa State in his first game back. They are not the ideal first opponents after coming off of surgery, but the sooner we can have Ateman back, the better.

We wish Marcell a safe & speedy recovery!