Chaz Green will undergo back surgery Friday, ending his season. The offensive tackle was limited in his return to practice Wednesday and woke up sore Thursday.
He underwent an MRI on Thursday, and surgery was recommended.
The Cowboys are expected to activate defensive end Zach Moore from the practice squad. Owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that he didn’t know whether defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) would play Sunday. Lawrence played only 13 snaps last week against the Giants.
Green was hoping to play with a herniated disc after being inactive the past nine games with the injury. It continues a frustrating first two seasons for the Florida product.
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The third-round pick in 2015 didn’t play as a rookie after undergoing hip surgery before the season. He started a Week 3 game against Chicago and then in Week 4 against San Francisco but injured his foot against the 49ers. He has not played since.
“We’re excited about what we’ve seen, but over the last couple of years, he’s been hurt a lot,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday. “So availability is important, but he’s a very conscientious guy. He’s a very hard-working guy. Hopefully these are the things like with other players we’ve had and guys around the league, sometimes you just get an injury-bug and you have some different things happen to you over time. It’s not because he’s not dedicated and conscientious. He’s all of that and more and hopefully this can get behind him. We’ll do this surgery with him and he’ll get back to work. He’s got a bright future. There’s no doubt in our minds about that. And anytime he has played, he’s certainly done a nice job for us for a young player.”
The Cowboys considered placing Green on injured reserve Tuesday instead of releasing running back Darius Jackson to make room for Darren McFadden’s return from the non-football injury list. But they thought Green was ready to return.
The Cowboys could call up offensive lineman La’el Collins from injured reserve at some point this season, though Collins is not yet ready to return from October surgery on his right big toe.