On Thursday’s practice, Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Matt Waletzko suffered a shoulder injury. As a result, the fifth-round pick will be forced to miss some time as the team will reevaluate his status later in the summer, per David Moore from Dallas Morning News.
Rookie OT Matt Waletzko is going to miss some time.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) July 29, 2022
No surgery is required at this point, but Cowboys will rehab the shoulder he injured in Thursday’s practice & reevaluate where the 5th round pick stands later in camp, a person w/ knowledge of Waletzko’s status said.
Mike McCarthy mentioned during Friday’s press conference that he expects to know more about Waletzko’s injury and its severity next week. The Cowboys head coach also confirmed the rookie wouldn’t be practicing on Friday or Saturday.
Waletzko is part of one of the most important battles in training camp, as he and Josh Ball fight for the swing tackle role in Dallas. After Waletzko was drafted, Jerry Jones mentioned that the pick meant the Cowboys wouldn’t pursue a veteran tackle in free agency.
If the rookie’s injury turns out to be serious, the front office might be forced to reevaluate such stance.
The Dallas Cowboys might not be looking for a “swing tackle” as much as a backup right tackle, provided Tyler Smith could be the true backup on the left side if Tyron Smith is forced to miss time.
In that scenario, Connor McGovern –who has been taking first-team reps at guard – could take over the left guard role.
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