IRVING, Texas – Although third-round offensive lineman Chaz Green's hip surgery Wednesday will likely limit him at the start of training camp, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones anticipates several veterans returning to practice during the team's month-long stay Oxnard, Calif., which gets underway in late July.
Jones said that list includes starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain (May knee surgery), starting right tackle Doug Free (January foot surgery) and cornerback Mo Claiborne (knee surgery last October).
The Cowboys have been holding out Free with an eye toward camp. Claiborne has been limited to some individual drills this offseason. McClain rejoined the walkthroughs this week after rehabbing his knee scope in Alabama during OTAs.
Starting safety J.J. Wilcox also is sitting out this week's minicamp after fighting through plantar fasciitis in his foot for the last year and a half, he said. But Wilcox said he's had treatment to alleviate the issue, and he anticipates being full-go for training camp.
Jones said he wasn't sure about seventh-round linebacker Mark Nzeocha's availability for the start of training camp. Nzeocha is coming off an ACL tear he sustained last fall as a college senior.