Tuesday, May 22, 2012
A status report from Cowboys OTAs
By Dan Graziano
The Dallas Cowboys' organized team activities began Tuesday, but they aren't open to the media yet. Still, some information trickles out, like this bit of disappointing news about fifth-round pick Danny Coale needing surgery to repair a broken foot.
The Cowboys spent the middle and late rounds of the draft picking project players unlikely to help in 2012, but they have been hoping Coale was a guy who could be the exception. Assuming his adjustment to the professional game went quickly, the Cowboys believed Coale had an opportunity to work his way into the mix at that No. 3 wide receiver spot left open by Laurent Robinson's free-agent defection. But Coale's foot injury will make that more difficult for him to pull off.
Otherwise, not much big news from Cowboys Land. The only two players who weren't at Tuesday's voluntary workout were linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who had a personal matter to attend to and expects to be there Wednesday, and cornerback Mike Jenkins, who's demanding a trade and not planning to show for offseason activities.
As I've said, it's fine by me if a guy wants to skip voluntary workouts. But I don't think Jenkins has a shot at getting what he wants, and I don't think staying home is going to help him change the Cowboys' minds. So they'll go ahead and work without him and wait for him to cave in, which he ultimately will.