Danny Coale hopes to return for training camp

June, 6, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys fifth-round pick Danny Coale said Wednesday afternoon he's disappointed he's missing organized team activities because of surgery to repair a broken little toe.

Coale, who is competing for one of the final wide receiver spots on the team, said his goal is to return for training camp that starts in late July.

"It's not what I wanted to happen," said Coale, who will wear a walking boot for a week to 10 days. "I see it as a minor setback."

Coale is not the first person in his family to suffer a broken toe. His brother broke his toe twice in college playing lacrosse and Coale's father did the same thing.

"I thought I was immune to it," Coale said.

The rookie receiver suffered the injury at the end of a conditioning drill when he planted his foot.

"I kind of knew it right away," he said. "It's not the best start, but it will be OK. I'd like to be out here getting reps. I'm taking it day-by-day right now."

Behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, there are a slew of receivers fighting for three possible spots. Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway, Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes and of course Coale.

The Cowboys also have receivers Saalim Hakim, Cole Beasley, Tim Benford and Donavon Kemp on the 90-man roster.

"I'm going to try my hardest and focus on (getting healthy)," Coale said.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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