The Cowboys took a chance on signing defensive tackle Henry Melton as a free agent this offseason in hopes that he would bounce back to form after last year’s torn ACL.
So far, all has been fine with Melton’s knee. He didn’t play in the preseason opener, but he’s been taking part in practices and moving toward a full workload. That movement has hit at least a temporary snag, however.
Melton hurt his groin during Sunday’s practice, forcing him to the sideline for the day and, per owner Jerry Jones, at least a few more.
“[Head trainer] Jim Maurer told me that initially it showed a little groin strain,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We’ll have to take a little bit better look at it, but he’ll probably be off of it a few days.”
The Cowboys are practicing with the Raiders this week before facing the Ravens on Saturday and Melton’s very doubtful for all those activities since he was already on a limited schedule because of his knee and because the Cowboys really need him to be healthy come the regular season if their defense is going to defy its bottom of the barrel expectations.