Thompson Could Be Back This Year

IRVING, Texas -- Tyson Thompson sustained a small fracture in the small bone of his lower leg during a kickoff in Sunday's 35-14 victory at Carolina, but doctors are optimistic that the running back/kick returner could re-join the team this season, The Ranch Report has learned.

On Tuesday, Thompson will undergo surgery to have a plate inserted in his ankle, according to information given us from the office of Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dan Cooper. It is possible that the recovery time for such an injury is only four-to-six weeks, we are told.

Thompson was injured when he was tackled out of bounds following a 37-yard kickoff return with 1:13 left in the first quarter of the game at Carolina. The return -- plus the 15-yard penalty on the Panthers' Karl Hankton -- helped set up a Cowboys' TD pass, quarterback Tony Romo's first as a starter.

Thompson averaged 33.5 yards on two returns before his injury and for the season has been among the most consistently productive return men in the NFC.

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