Cowboys Byron Jones 1-on-1: How's Shoulder?
Initial reports on Dallas Cowboys first-round rookie Byron Jones's shoulder expressed a certain level of headline-porn panic by stating that the defensive back would be seeking a second opinion and would have to "leave training camp'' to do so.
"No,'' Byron tells me. "We just sent the MRIs out. Not me.''
So Jones, who injured his left shoulder when he collided with teammate Mo Claiborne in a 7-on-7 drill Sunday, was not moved to panic by traveling cross-country or even across the street for medical help. That despite the fact that this is the same left shoulder he had surgically repaired 10 months ago during his senior season at Connecticut.
And now the MRI second opinion is back. And it's same as the first: Negative. No signs of any structural damage. No real problems -- though at the same time, no plan to participate in this weekend's preseason game at San Francisco.
"I don't think so, no,'' he told me, and he was similarly non-committal when I asked him whether he's on the same plan as Dez Bryant (hamstring) and so many other Cowboys to try and get some snaps in during the preseason-Week-3 game back at AT&T Stadium against the Vikings.
"There's no target date,'' Byron said. "But if feels good, my range of motion is fine, my strength good. We're just working with (trainers) Jim (Maurer) and Britt (Brown) and they'll take it from there.''
The Cowboys are bringing cornerback Orlando Scandrick back slowly from a swollen knee. And maybe all of this is why the churning-the-roster transactions from Thursday included the claiming of Bills cornerback Rod Sweeting. Also in the bunch of moves: All three Thursday morning tryout guys were signed by Cowboys, as first reported by CHQ: - WRs Phil Bates (Ohio) and Clyde Gates (Abilene Christian) along with LB Dakorey Johnson (K-State). Additionally, WRs Reggie Dunn and Deontay Greenberry and RB Lache Seastrunk were released.
All-Pro offensive lineman Zack Martin, meanwhile, endured his own concern but is also OK.
“Just a little scare, but everything is fine,’’ said Martin after watching the Thursday morning training-camp walkthrough. “It’s definitely a learning experience there.’’
The experience: He sustained a stinger in his neck after absorbing a blow to the head on Tuesday in practice against the Rams.
Martin figures to miss a few more days, including Sunday’s preseason game at San Francisco. Doug Free and Tyron Smith took some first-team snaps with the O-line on Thursday but they'll not go this weekend. That goes for Joe Randle, too, who sustained an aggravation of his oblique strain and left practice to become an observer along with Tony Romo (who is healthy but did not participate and Dez Bryant (hamstring), who spent part of Thursday's workout having fun with Dez Jr.