Oxnard, California – As the Cowboys assess the severity of his shoulder injury, head coach Mike McCarthy said that rookie offensive tackle Matt Waletzko won’t participate in practice the following two days.
“I think once we get to next week we’ll have a better handle on it,” Coach McCarthy said.
The team practices Friday and Saturday and is off on Sunday. Monday is the day of the first padded training session.
Matt Waletzko left practice early Thursday with the athletic training staff. He is aiming for a backup position behind Terence Steele, who is expected to start at right tackle, and eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith.
At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a clear frontrunner for the swing tackle job. Waletzko’s injury means more practice reps for young tackles Josh Ball, Aviante Collins, and Amon Simon.
First-round draft pick Tyler Smith also got some backup tackle snaps in the OTAs but has been primarily splitting first-team left guard reps with Connor McGovern.
“We started in the spring where he was probably 60-40 guard and tackle, but we want to give him more pure guard reps just to get him comfortable. I think that’s important and let him build a good foundation in there,” Coach Mike McCarthy said.