. 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.
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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.”