Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Danny Coale had surgery on his left foot Thursday to repair a broken bone he suffered on Tuesday, the first of Dallas’ OTAs. Coale was drafted by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft and was expected not only to compete, but to win the competition for the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver position. The injury isn’t considered a “major” setback, but it definitely won’t help his bid to be the Cowboys’ slot receiver in 2012.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he expects Coale to have a quick recovery and be ready to go by the start of training camp in late July.
“All indications are it’s the kind of injury that should have a pretty clean recovery,” Garrett said. “It seems like it’s a simple surgery and, saying that, everyone understands there’s no such thing as a simple surgery. But we are relatively optimistic about the doctors going in and fixing that thing and him being back fairly quickly and him being ready to go on Day 1 of training camp.”
The Cowboys have a huge hole to fill at the No. 3 receiver spot after Laurent Robinson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent this off-season. Robinson led the Cowboys in receiving touchdowns with 11 last year and proved to be an invaluable replacement for both starters Miles Austin and Dez Bryant when both were injured at different points during the season.
The Cowboys have several second-year players vying for the job as well as veteran Kevin Ogletree and Coale. Since Dallas used a draft pick on Coale, he’ll get the benefit of the doubt through training camp and the preseason, but word around Valley Ranch is Andre Holmes is the frontrunner to win the No. 3 job. Of course, the Nos. 4 and 5 jobs also need to be filled, so Coale will likely suit up for Dallas sometime during his rookie season.