The Dallas Cowboys have done a tremendous job of hiding the injuries of several players from the media this off-season. It was discovered on Wednesday that Cowboys running back Felix Jones and linebacker Dan Connor both had shoulder surgery this off-season.
Jones had surgery on his right shoulder in January, which he separated twice during the 2011 season. He had to wear a sling while not playing for the latter half of the season, so his operation comes as no surprise.
Connor’s surgery, on the other hand, is somewhat of a surprise and the details of his operation are still unknown.
Although it was just discovered Connor had surgery sometime this off-season, he was on the practice for the Cowboys’ OTAs on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he didn’t participate in any drills. Cowboys second-year linebacker Bruce Carter ran alongside Sean Lee with the first team in his place.
On the offensive side, Jones was on the field for a majority of the sessions on Wednesday, but left the field for a while to rehab his shoulder. Although he’s taking part in the OTAs, Jones hasn’t been completely cleared yet by the Cowboys’ medical staff, but is expected to be ready to go by the time training camp starts at the end of July.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is getting better at keeping the health of his players a secret because Felix Jones’ surgery is just now being uncovered nearly five months later. The details of Connor’s operation are still undisclosed, so there’s no telling what else has been going on at Valley Ranch that’s unknown.