Source: Danny Coale breaks foot, needs surgery

May, 22, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – Danny Coale will need surgery to repair a broken left foot suffered in Tuesday’s organized team activity at Valley Ranch, according to a source.

The surgery means Coale could miss the early part of training camp, which will begin in the final week of July. Cowboys’ rookies, quarterbacks and injured veterans are scheduled to practice for a few days before the team leaves for Oxnard, Calif., on July 28.

Coale, the Cowboys’ fifth-round pick, suffered the injury toward the end of the first OTA and limped off the field. He underwent an MRI at the team’s facility. Surgery is scheduled for later this week.

Coale is one of a handful of receivers the Cowboys are looking at to fill the vacant No. 3 spot behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, but missing the OTAs and June minicamp will hurt. Coale’s absence will give Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway and Andre Holmes more of an opportunity to secure the third wide receiver role.

He is the third Cowboys draft pick who will miss the entire offseason because of surgery. First-round pick Morris Claiborne is recovering from left wrist surgery performed before the draft, and while he expressed hope he could take part in the minicamp the team will be cautious with his return. Linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round pick, suffered a fractured right index finger in the rookie minicamp and will not be ready until training camp.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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