The Dallas Cowboys waived Gerald McCoy after the defensive tackle's season was ended before it even started.
McCoy ruptured his right quadriceps tendon in practice with the Cowboys on Monday and will miss the 2020 NFL campaign.
The six-time Pro Bowler was hurt during the Cowboys' first padded practice session at training camp and had to be helped from the field.
Dallas only signed McCoy to a three-year contract in March. He will now undergo surgery to repair the damage this week, according to the team's website.
The Cowboys – who will save around $3.25million on the cap this year – remain open to bringing McCoy back in 2021.
"I know Gerald in just the short time that we got to know him," Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones said on Tuesday.
"But knowing from our studies, he'll push. He's a warrior. He'll get back. And in my opinion, he'll end up playing for the Dallas Cowboys, albeit not this year. But I see him putting on a [Cowboys] uniform on in the future."
Picked third overall in 2010, McCoy spent his first nine years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing for the Carolina Panthers in 2019.
The 32-year-old has recorded 59.5 sacks and forced six fumbles during his career.
Dallas will open their 2020 season against the Los Angeles Rams on September 13.