Injury report: Caleb McSurdy hurts Achilles

August, 15, 2012
OXNARD, Calif. -- Another day, another Cowboys' draft pick gets hurt.

* Linebacker Caleb McSurdy, a seventh-round pick, went down during individual drills with a lower leg injury. The early diagnoses has McSurdy suffering an Achilles tear. After he went down, he took off his helmet and slammed it to the ground. If McSurdy has a torn Achilles, his 2012 season could be over. He becomes the sixth Cowboys' draft pick hurt this summer. Only tight end John Hanna hasn't suffered an injury.

* Tight end Jason Witten is out for the entire preseason with a slightly lacerated spleen. He won't return to Dallas, but will stay with the team in Oxnard and when it travels to San Diego.

* Wide receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick, had nearly recovered from a broken toe, but now has a quad injury.

* Center Phil Costa won't practice this week because he's dealing with a strained lower back.

* Defensive end Jason Hatcher returned to practice after missing a little more than a week with a hamstring injury. Hatcher said he felt good with his limited snaps during Wednesday's practice and is taking things day-by-day.

* First-round pick cornerback Morris Claiborne practiced in full pads Wednesday and is expected to make his NFL debut Saturday night in San Diego.

* Safety Matt Johnson, a fourth-round selection, participated in practice Wednesday. He was limited and expects to return for the St. Louis game Aug. 25.

* Linebacker Orie Lemon didn't practice with an unknown injury.

* Nose tackle Jay Ratliff did more work in full pads Wednesday but his status for the Chargers game Saturday hasn't been determined.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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