Given the limited talent available on the Cowboys defensive line this season, there’s a lot of hope that defensive tackle Henry Melton can return to form after last year’s torn ACL to become a foundation piece on their defensive line.
That hasn’t come close to happening this summer. Melton avoided the PUP list to start camp, but injured his groin in early August and has been out of both practices and games since then. That’s given the Cowboys a limited opportunity to see what Melton has in the tank and created uncertainty about his ability to help at all.
Melton took a step forward on Monday, though, when he returned to practice. Rowan Kavner of the team’s website reports that the Cowboys aren’t wasting any time seeing what he’s capable of doing by giving him snaps with the first team.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne also returned to practice after missing a chunk of time with a shoulder injury. Claiborne will be asked to play a big role with Orlando Scandrick suspended to start the season and both he and Melton could see time in the fourth preseason game after missing so much time this summer.