Cornerback Orlando Scandrick underwent surgery Tuesday after shattering his left index finger during the team's organized team activity practices the same day.
He said he was given a prognosis of 4-8 weeks and hopes to be back by the start of training camp, although it may be closer to season before he starts batting down balls again.
Scandrick said he broke the finger trying to break up a pass from backup quarterback Jon Kitna when receiver Manny Johnson tried to knock the ball out of his hands.
Scandrick said doctors didn't initially know how bad the injury was. During surgery they found out it was worse than originally thought but not as bad as it could have been, a concerned but relieved Scandrick said.
A pin was put into the finger on Tuesday that will be taken out in four weeks.
Scandrick is the Cowboys nickel cornerback behind starters Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins. He was having as good an offseason as any of the defensive backs, secondary coach Dave Campo said earlier in the week.