Dallas Cowboys receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick, missed today’s afternoon workout because of a quadriceps injury but said the ailment represented “no step back” in terms of rehabilitation efforts from a broken foot that has been his primary physical hurdle since the spring.
“The foot’s been responding really well, which is really encouraging,” said Coale, who is unsure if he will make his NFL debut Saturday at San Diego. “The quad is just a little wrinkle that you’ve got to smooth out. I don’t foresee that being an issue at all.”
Coale said he felt the quad tighten Saturday, at the end of his third day of consecutive workouts in training camp _ his first since being taken off the PUP list because of the broken foot. Coale said the quad injury surfaced on the same leg as his broken foot but he is not concerned that there is a correlation.
“I don’t know. You try to pinpoint what exactly triggered it,” Coale said. “I didn’t have that one moment where I felt something happen. The hope is that I’m not altering my stride (because of the foot injury). And that’s the thing. We want to make sure we get everything right. The foot is feeling really good, which is the most encouraging part.”
That is why Coale, and Cowboys’ trainers, are preaching patience in his return.
“It’s been three months since I played football,” Coale said. “So getting back into the intensity and the live speed of things, it’s a transition. But it’s going well … I did some running today. It (the quad) felt better than it did Saturday. I’m moving in the right direction. It’s not as fast as I’d like, but you have to be smart about it.”
_ Jimmy Burch