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September 24, 2012

Cowboys rookie Matt Johnson also trying to recover from back injury, not just hamstrings, but could be ready in two weeks

The Cowboys could use some safety help right now, but it won’t come from Matt Johnson, who in addition to the hamstring problem that has slowed him down all year, also has a back injury.

“It happened as he was coming back with his hamstring,” coach Jason Garrett said Monday.

The new injury happened “a couple of three weeks” ago, Garrett said, but he expressed some confidence in a potential return for the rookie.

“We are hopeful he can get back here hopefully in the next couple of weeks,” Garrett said. “His rehab is going better. He’s moving around better. But again, we don’t want to rush him back and have another setback. Hopefully, he can be a factor in this discussion here in the next couple of weeks.”

Johnson was the second of the Cowboys’ two fourth-round picks in April. The Cowboys liked the 17 interceptions he made at Eastern Washington, and he made the 53-man roster despite practicing only three times in pads and playing in one preseason game.

A hamstring injury held him out most of training camp, and he hurt the other hamstring in the preseason game.

On top of that, he missed all but one practice in the OTA and veteran minicamp because his school was still in session (NFL rules do not allow draft picks to practice until after graduation).

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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