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Cowboys end Tapper cleared to play next season

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Rookies Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott emerge as stars during an 11-game win streak, leading to a 13-3 regular-season record. But a gut-wrenching divisional-round loss to the Packers kept the Cowboys from advancing in the post season.
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Rookies Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliott emerge as stars during an 11-game win streak, leading to a 13-3 regular-season record. But a gut-wrenching divisional-round loss to the Packers kept the Cowboys from advancing in the post season.

. 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.”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones discussed several topics, ranging from discovering Dak Prescott at the Senior Bowl to his Hall of Fame chances next week. Video by Drew Davison.

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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