IRVING, Texas -- When Cowboys’ rookies, first-year players, quarterbacks and selective veterans report to Valley Ranch for pre-training camp practices, the team will have to continue to wait to get its top five draft picks on the practice field at the same time.
Wide receiver Danny Coale, the fifth-round pick, will not be cleared to practice until early August because of a stress fracture in his foot that required surgery in May. Coale suffered the injury on the first organized team activity May 22, and the recovery time is eight weeks.
The good news, however, is that their top four picks have been cleared.
While the Cowboys wait to finalize a contract with cornerback Morris Claiborne, the first-round pick will be able to practice immediately after missing the entire offseason because of wrist surgery.
Claiborne was unable to take part in the rookie mini-camp, organized team activities and June mini-camp but he was able to be on the field and in the meeting rooms to learn the defense.
Defensive end Tyron Crawford, the third rounder, and linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round selection, will also be able to practice for the first time since the rookie mini-camp. Crawford missed the OTAs and mini-camp with a calf injury, while Wilber needed surgery for a finger injury he suffered in the rookie camp.
Another fourth-round pick, safety Matt Johnson, missed all but one day of the June mini-camp because league rules prevented him from joining the team until Eastern Washington's semester ended.