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Cowboys backup tight end Geoff Swaim has surgery on broken foot

The Dallas Cowboys took another off-season hit this week when tight end Geoff Swaim had surgery to repair a broken foot and will be sidelined until training camp.

Swaim had a screw inserted into his foot and will miss the entire off-season program, organized team activities and mini-camp.

It's another setback for Swaim, who missed the final seven games of last season after suffering a torn pectoral tendon.

Swaim, a 2015 seventh-round pick from the University of Texas, was the team's No. 2 tight end behind Jason Witten for the first nine games last season because of his proficiency as a blocker in the Cowboys' two-tight end sets.

He also caught six passes for 69 yards.

Swaim's injury during informal workouts at the The Star this week has made tight end a flashpoint for the Cowboys in the off-season.

Witten is in the final year of his contract. James Hanna missed all of last season with a knee injury, though he should be ready to play.

Rico Gathers, a sixth-round pick who spent last season on the practice squad after a standout basketball career at Baylor, is still a work in progress.

Selecting a tight end to potentially serve as Witten's heir was already a possibility for the Cowboys in the upcoming NFL Draft. The situation might have become even more acute.

Clarence Hill: 817-390-7760, @clarencehilljr

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