It’s seemingly been a foregone conclusion to all close observers that tight end Rico Gathers would not play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

But vice president Stephen Jones made it official, regarding the former Baylor basketball star who has been on the injured reserve list since suffering a concussion in training camp.

Jones said Gathers will remain on the reserve list and start fresh with the Cowboys next season.

“Any time you get on that reserve you're not necessarily required to bring them back,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "When a guy like Rico, who is obviously learning the game, misses this much time because he did have to sit out even more so than the minimum amount of time because of his injury, it's going to be a work in progress that he can just step right back in because he hadn't played a lot of football.