As of this week, injured rookies Chaz Green and Mark Nzeocha are eligible to return from the reserve/physically unable to perform list and the reserve/non-football injury list, respectively.
That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see them on the field any time soon.
Green (pictured), who was picked out of Florida in the third round with the idea that he'd take over as swing tackle, is coming off a torn labrum suffered in spring workouts. He also had hip surgery in the offseason. Nzeocha, a linebacker taken in the seventh round, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his final season at Wyoming.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas explains the process of bringing the pair of rookies back:
“By rule, they had to miss the first six weeks of the season. The Cowboys have until Nov. 2 to decide whether to activate them in order for them to practice. Once they are activated, the Cowboys will have another three weeks in which to decide to add them to the 53-man roster.
“The latest in which they can play a game is Nov. 26 against the Carolina Panthers.”
As Archer points out, the Cowboys have no reason to rush the process at all. The 53-man roster is full, and these are rookies coming off long layoffs. At this juncture, it seems that injuries, and only injuries, could lead to either of them seeing any significant playing time before 2016.