OXNARD, CALIF. Oft-injured offensive lineman Chaz Green suffered a shoulder injury in practice Saturday and could be out a while, per Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The good news is that magnetic resonance imaging exam taken on Sunday showed no tear in the rotator cuff, per Jones. He said it was a just a pull in his shoulder.
Still, Jones said it will keep Green sidelined for a while, though he is optimistic he will be back before the start of the season. Per another source, Green may a sidelined just a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, Green’s absence will likely take him out of the competition for the starting spot at left guard with Jonathan Cooper. Both players had been alternating reps with the first team so far in training camp.
Injuries and the team’s inability to count on him is the main reason Green was moved from right tackle to left guard in the offseason. Green was the top swing tackle last year. But La’el Collins was moved from guard to right tackle to replace the retiring Doug Free because the Cowboys couldn’t count on Green to stay healthy.
He has played only four games the previous two seasons. He missed his entire rookie season because of a hip injury and then was sidelined after four games, including two starts, in 2016 because of foot and back injuries.