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Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar doesn’t have timeline for his return

Tight end Gavin Escobar is recovering from a torn Achilles, which ended his 2015 season prematurely.
Tight end Gavin Escobar is recovering from a torn Achilles, which ended his 2015 season prematurely. Star-Telegram

Gavin Escobar spent Wednesday morning walking around and visiting with children at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, part of a charity event the Dallas Cowboys did with WWE Superstars.

Simply being able to move around with no issues is something Escobar enjoyed. He is still in relatively early stages of rehabbing a torn right Achilles, and recently started walking without a boot.

“It’s getting better,” Escobar said. “I’m walking, you know? I wasn’t walking for a while, so it’s nice to move around. Slowly getting better every day. That’s the name of the game.”

Escobar, 25, doesn’t have a timetable on when he’ll be ready for football activities. He isn’t expected to participate in organized team activities in April/ May or minicamp in June.

Escobar could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list, and the team would then evaluate his progress to determine whether he should begin the season on the PUP list too.

For now, though, Escobar is staying patient in his approach. He is doing band work, some lateral movement and recently began squatting again.

“Every week it progresses,” Escobar said. “I kind of do what the trainers tell me to do. They don’t give me a timeline, so I don’t have a time. Obviously, anything can happen in recovery, so hopefully there are no setbacks.”

Escobar injured his Achilles in the Dec. 19 game against the New York Jets, ending a disappointing season early. The 2013 second-round pick finished the year with a career-low eight receptions for 64 yards and one touchdown.

Escobar had nine catches for 105 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.

Escobar is in the final year of his contract. The Cowboys kept four tight ends on their roster last season and re-signed James Hanna this off-season.

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