Rookie receiver Danny Coale will need surgery after fracturing his left foot on the first day of organized team activities at Valley Ranch, a source said. The Cowboys hope he can return for the start of training camp in late July. Rookies and select veterans are scheduled to practice a few days before the team arrives in Oxnard, Calif., on July 28.
Coale, a fifth-round pick from Virginia Tech, was a candidate for the No. 3 receiver, along with Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Dwayne Harris. But the injury will give the others a chance to climb ahead in the position battle.
He is the third draft pick out with an injury, and defensive end Tyrone Crawford, a third-round pick, was diagnosed with a heart murmur at the combine, though he will not miss any practice time. Cornerback Morris Claiborne, a first-round pick, is rehabbing from left wrist surgery performed before the draft. Linebacker Kyle Wilber, a fourth-round pick, fractured his right index finger in the rookie minicamp and will not return until training camp.
-- Charean Williams