Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton suffered a strained groin on Sunday and was held out through Tuesday’s scrimmage against the Oakland Raiders in Oxnard, CA, but neither owner Jerry Jones nor head coach Jason Garrett believe the injury is all that serious.
“We’ll take him day-by-day and see how he does with the work he gets,” Garrett told the team’s official website recently. “We don’t think it’s too, too serious--we’ll just evaluate it as it goes.”
Even before getting hurt on Sunday, Melton was held out of the preseason opener as a precautionary measure--he is coming off a torn ACL, after all. In his place was Ken Bishop, the seventh round pick out of Illinois, who impressed Garrett with his motor. Garrett even liked the effort (if not the execution) he saw from Bishop when he was called for a horse collar tackle.
“That’s the way he’s played--he’s been a guy who’s been in the pack there with the rest of the defensive linemen, but somehow, some way he gets out of the pack and he’s chasing the football,” Garrett said. “That’s kind of his temperament, his demeanor, and he’s been that way since the start of it. So, that and his playmaking ability, I think warrants an opportunity.”
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