. The Dallas Cowboys got some positive health news.
Defensive end Charles Tapper, who missed his rookie season with a back injury, has been cleared to play in 2017. Tapper made the announcement on his Twitter account, @Takeflightchuck.
Tapper, a 2016 fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, spent the season on injured reserve with what is commonly called a “pars defect,” a stress fracture in his L5 veterbra.
But his return should add depth to what had been an injury-plagued defensive line unit much of the season. Ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford, as well as nose tackle Terrell McClain, all managed injuries throughout the season.
McClain and defensive end Jack Crawford are set to become free agents.
Owner Jerry Jones addressed Tapper’s situation during Senior Bowl practices Tuesday, saying he didn’t view Tapper’s injury as a long-term concern.
“That’s exactly right, other than the fact that there was a situation,” Jones said. “But I don’t know that I’m concerned about that as much as I am about him getting his work in and becoming a better football player during the off-season.”