The Dallas Cowboys got some good news when they returned to the practice field on Monday as Morris Claiborne and Henry Melton practiced after missing time with an AC joint injury to Claiborne’s shoulder and Melton suffering a groin injury.
Claiborne has battled the injury bug throughout his NFL career and has failed to live up to the billing as a former high first round pick out of LSU where he won the Thorpe as the nation’s top defensive back.
He has missed all of the Cowboys first three preseason games this year and Rowan Kavner from the team’s official website thinks it is feasible he plays in the preseason finale.
Melton missed the final 13 games of last season with the Chicago Bears after he tore his ACL. He had 13 sacks combined in the previous two seasons and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2012, so when he is healthy, he can be a disruptive presence in the middle of the defensive line.
Both worked with the first team on Monday as the team did not work in full pads, but having them both back on the field is an encouraging sign that they will be ready for the regular season opener in two weeks.
In other injury-related news for the Cowboys, Tony Romo sat out Monday’s practice but there is nothing to worry about as he has received routine off days throughout the preseason and appeared to come out of the weekend’s game unscathed despite being sacked three times and hit and hurried often.