GRAPEVINE, Texas – On a day when first-round pick Morris Claiborne had the pins removed from his surgically repaired left wrist, Cowboys owner and general manager announced fourth-round pick Kyle Wilber had surgery to repair a fractured right index finger.
UPDATE: Both players will be out until training camp in July, which had been the plan all along for Claiborne. The rookies are scheduled to report to Oxnard, Calif., on July 25, followed a few days later by the veterans.
Earlier in the day owner and general manager Jerry Jones was not sure of a return date for Wilber, who had the surgery Tuesday, but did not expect him to be ready for next week’s teaching sessions.
Rookies can return to Valley Ranch on Monday.
Wilber suffered the injury on the second day of last week’s rookie mini-camp. A prolonged absence would hurt his ability to pick up the defense. He showed the ability to make plays in the mini-camp in the run and pass game.
Claiborne took part in all of the rookie camp meetings and parts of the on-field walkthroughs while wearing a hard cast. He will be fitted for a soft cast for a few weeks and will be able to go through conditioning work.