The boot sat in front of defensive tackle Maliek Collins’ locker. The rookie broke his right foot last week in what a teammate called a “freak” non-contact play.
Collins underwent surgery and already has begun his rehab. He should return in 10-12 weeks.
“We had surgery on it at the end of last week,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The surgery went well. We anticipate him being back. They’ve given us a number of different times, 10-12 weeks, something like that, right around the start of training camp.”
As a rookie in 2014, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot early in training camp. The Cowboys placed him on short-term injured reserve, and he played in only seven games. Last year, rookie defensive end Randy Gregory sprained his ankle in the season opener and missed four games.
Lawrence and Gregory both finished without a sack during the regular season as rookies.
“It happened to Randy last year, the earlier part; it happened to DeMarcus Lawrence,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said, “so it does set you back. But if it had to happen, it’s better it happened now. He’s a hard-nosed guy, a good attitude with him; he’s tough, so he’ll bounce back fast I think.”
Collins remains unsigned — the only member of the Cowboys’ draft class not yet to agree to terms. Charles Tapper and Dak Prescott signed Tuesday.
Dez Bryant underwent an X-ray on his right foot Wednesday, as receivers coach Derek Dooley said would happen two weeks ago. The Cowboys anticipate the X-ray will show the bone fully healed, clearing Bryant.
However, the Cowboys will continue to be cautious with Bryant until training camp.
“Hopefully, he’ll be cleared to take the next step, and then we have to decide what that next step is,” Garrett said. “He’s done a really good job in his rehab. He’s been involved in some of the walk-through situations, and I think he’s benefited from that.
“He has not practiced. Once he does some of the walk-through stuff — he’s really watching practice and doing his rehab on the side, and all of that has gone well. We’ll see how he does with that next examination, and we’ll make our decision from there.”
Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the season opener, requiring surgery. He played only nine games, none completely healthy, and needed more surgery on his foot as well as surgery on his right ankle after the season.
▪ Rolando McClain remains a no-show at the Cowboys’ organized team activities. Garrett said the middle linebacker continues to deal with a family situation in Alabama. Last week, Garrett had said he expected McClain back at Valley Ranch this week. On Wednesday, Garrett said the Cowboys are “hopeful” McClain returns next week.
▪ Defensive back Terrance Mitchell left practice with an injured left pinky finger. Garrett said he did not know the severity of the injury.
▪ Running back Darren McFadden missed Wednesday’s work to deal with a family issue.
▪ Guard Ron Leary remains a no-show from the off-season program as he hopes for a trade.