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Collins' Bad Break Comes at Good Time For Cowboys



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    CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 3: Wes Lunt #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is sacked by Maliek Collins #7 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

    Glass half-full: Maliek Collins’ broken foot comes at a good time, enabling him to recover and rehab in time for the regular-season opener.

    Glass half-empty: Maliek Collins’ broken foot comes at a bad time, keeping him out of off-season work which will put him behind in a rookie season in which he’ll never catch up.

    Reality: Glass half-empty guy is a buzzkill.

    The defensive tackle with potential and promise suffered a major setback when he underwent surgery on his broken right foot last week. But for a change I’ll be glass half-full guy and predict that the time off from Dallas’ OTAs won’t be a road-block for Collins but merely a detour.

    “It does set you back, but if it had to happen at a certain time, it’s better it happened now,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli told about Collins’ injury. “He’s a hard-nosed guy, good attitude with him. He’s tough. He’ll bounce back fast I think.”

    Suffering the same injury that ruined Dez Bryant’s season in 2016, Collins will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks. In 2014 DeMarcus Lawrence suffered a broken foot in training camp and missed the first seven games of his rookie season.

    This injury is a particular shame, because along Dallas’ weak defensive line he had a legitimate chance at quality playing time. But in the big picture, it’s better to lose Collins now than in the regular season.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.