Update: Coale broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and is expected to miss a month.
Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Danny Coale suffered a foot injury during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday. A fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech, Coale was expected to not only challenge Dallas veterans for the No. 3 or slot receiver spot on the depth chart, but to win it. The severity of Coale’s injury is still unknown, but this isn’t good for the youngster trying to make his mark at the next level.
Coale is competing with Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris, Kevin Olgetree and Raymond Radway for the No. 3 receiver spot behind starters Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Of course, there are five receiver spots on the active roster, so two of those five players won’t make the cut. Dallas used a draft pick on Coale this year specifically to compete for the No. 3 job, so this injury won’t eliminate him from the competition unless it’s season-ending.
Tuesday was the first day of the Cowboys’ OTAs, but it was closed to the media, so details about Coale’s injury are unknown. However, Wednesday is open to the media and grotesque details of Coale’s foot will likely be reveled then.
At the end of Tuesday’s activities, Coale left the Cowboys’ MRI center on crutches with his foot wrapped. If this injury leaves him out for a while, the competition for the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver spot will get a lot more interesting. Ogletree was re-signed this off-season, so he’ll be given every opportunity to win the job, but the buzz around Valley Ranch is Holmes is the frontrunner. Harris and Radway can’t be counted out, though. The impact of Coale’s injury has yet to be seen.