Henry Melton resumes practicing after groin injury


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.

12 responses to “Henry Melton resumes practicing after groin injury

  1. I can’t help but see Tommie Harris in this guy. A couple of promising years early on, followed by a major leg injury and bam, that’s it.

  2. dalcow4 says: Aug 25, 2014 2:53 PM

    Rooting for him big time. He was absolutely dominating last year before the injury.


    Yes, as a Bears fan I can tell you that his 3 tackles in the 2 games before his injury completely terrified opposing offenses.

  3. If you were a Bears fan, you’d know he was double-teamed yet still dominant. You’d also know that in that Sunday night game the Steelers couldn’t do jack until he was out of there.

    You’d also know the he was the Franchise Tag player for them at the time.

    But then again, you aren’t a Bears fan– you are a “hawksfan”.

  4. This has been Jerry’s plan from the start. Having Melton in the middle of the defensive line and hoping that he can return to the way he played in 2012.

    Melton could be a difference maker but if he can’t stay on the field, then the defense is in trouble.

  5. dalcow4 says: Aug 25, 2014 4:04 PM

    But then again, you aren’t a Bears fan– you are a “hawksfan”.


    Yes I am a Blackhawks fan AND a Bears fan. It’s cool how I can be both. And I know that I’ve seen far more of Melton than you have as a Cowboys fan. He was great in 2012, hence the franchise tag. He was not great in 2013, even before the injury. Nobody on the Bears DL was dominant at any point last year, including Melton. You think they doubled Melton and ignored Peppers in those first 2 games? You can tell yourself anything you want to make yourself feel better, but there was a reason that Emery allowed him to walk.

    Maybe he’ll regain his 2012 form – I hope so as I’ve always liked Melton. But let’s not make up fairy tales about his dominance last year even before his injury.

  6. Dallas couldn’t come up last in the NFC East, even if they only played 8 games. They own that decision. Worse defence in the league last year. And still played for the NFC East title. On our worst day we can win that decision. They better hope we never, ever get that defence together.

  7. “Nobody on the Bears DL was dominant at any point last year, including Melton.”

    Just plain false. Melton was GREAT in that game against the Steelers. The Bears had high hopes for their D at that point, but when Melton went down they started giving up big runs and couldn’t stop anyone.

    Funny– you say he was “great” the year before but then discount him in the 3 games he played in. Sounds to me as nothing more than sour grapes having him go to another team.

    Either that or you simply are not knowledgeable. As a Bears fan and Blackhawk fan you should be ashamed that someone who is not a Bears fan knows the team better than you do.

  8. Fun fact 1: Saying something over and over does not make it true.

    In that spirit, I will say it again: Melton was great in 2012 (and 2011, by the way). He was not good in 2013, not even in the Steelers game. I understand that you want to be hopeful about your new player, and for good reason. You have reason to be hopeful, he was dominant 2 years ago. But no matter how much you want to believe it, he did not play well last year.

    Just for fun, I looked up the numbers of this amazing Steeler performance you speak of. Maybe I remembered wrong and Melton wasn’t largely invisible. Melton got injured early in the 4th quarter of that game.

    Fun fact 2: While Melton was in there, Steelers had 380 yards and 20 points. While Melton was out, they gained 79 yards and 3 points. There goes your argument about Pittsburgh not being able to do anything until Melton was out of the game.

    Fun fact 3: Melton had 2 tackles. He also had a fumble recovery when Major Wright blew up Felix Jones. Melton did not touch Roethlisberger in that game.

    Fun fact 4: Melton had only 1 tackle in the 2 games that he played in weeks 1 and 2 of 2013. He had no QB hurries in any of his 3 “dominant” games last year.

    QED. Go back to your Cowboys and stop pretending that you have a clue what you are talking about. Let’s leave Bears fans to figure out how the Bears played last year. Good luck to your boys.

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