Coale Sidelined With Knee Swelling From Nov. ACL Injury

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OXNARD, Calif. – Danny Coale said swelling in his knee has kept him sidelined since the Cowboys' first practice of training camp. 

Coale was in attendance Tuesday morning for the Cowboys' special teams walkthrough, but he did not participate. He said the plan is to let the swelling subside before he returns to the field.

"It just happened the first day for whatever reason, you can't really pinpoint it," Coale said. "We have it under control, and (the swelling) is going down. The smart thing is just to wait for it to go down before I go back out there and compete again.

The setback has to be considered frustrating for Coale, who was limited throughout OTA's and minicamp after he suffered the tear during a November practice. It's not exactly surprising, however, as Coale said swelling is a part of the recovery process. [embedded_ad]

"I hate watching, but right now you play the card you were dealt, and this is part of the ACL – I knew it," he said. "It's kind of naïve to think everything is going to go smooth sailing once you get out here, but hopefully we'll get ahead of this before it causes any other issues."

Coale said there isn't currently a timetable for his return, but he said the injury is day-to-day, even "hour-to-hour" at this point in time, with Cowboys staff evaluating the situation in the morning, afternoon and evening.

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