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Surgery Likely for OT Matt Waletzko; Free Agent Move Coming?

Offensive Matt Waletzko has a shoulder from last week which will likely require . How long will Waletzko be out and what does this mean for Dallas’ depth at the position? Could it lead to a addition?

Waletzko is one of the top candidates to be Tyron Smith’s backup at ; a critical role given Smith’s age and injury . The 5th-round rookie has the athleticism for the role but was far from a shoo-in, needing considerable work on his technique to earn the team’s confidence.

According to coach yesterday, Matt’s shoulder should need surgery but there’s still a chance that he could play through it this year.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “It is considered a matter of when, not if, Cowboys OT Matt Waletzko will undergo surgery on shoulder subluxation. Rookie fifth-round pick is not expected to practice this week. Shoulder issue has history, dating back to senior year at North Dakota. / Twitter”

It is considered a matter of when, not if, Cowboys OT Matt Waletzko will undergo surgery on shoulder subluxation. Rookie fifth-round pick is not expected to practice this week. Shoulder issue has history, dating back to senior year at North Dakota.

Todd Archer on Twitter: “OT Matt Waletzko (shoulder) will not practice this week, according to Mike McCarthy. Cowboys still evaluating the injury and seems like surgery is more of when not if at this point. The hope is he could perhaps play with the injury before taking care of it later. / Twitter”

OT Matt Waletzko (shoulder) will not practice this week, according to Mike McCarthy. Cowboys still evaluating the injury and seems like surgery is more of when not if at this point. The hope is he could perhaps play with the injury before taking care of it later.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said that he’s liked what Josh Ball has done at left tackle, stepping up following rookie OT Matt Waletzko’s shoulder injury. Ball, a 2021 fourth-round pick, suffered an ankle injury early in last year’s camp and did not appear in game. In the mix now. / Twitter”

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said that he’s liked what Josh Ball has done at left tackle, stepping up following rookie OT Matt Waletzko’s shoulder injury. Ball, a 2021 fourth-round pick, suffered an ankle injury early in last year’s camp and did not appear in game. In the mix now.

Even if Waletzko can play through it, Dallas might prefer to go with other options to fill the backup job. One of those is Josh Ball, a 2021 4th-round pick, who will get every opportunity to step into the role as camp continues.

Another in-house option is 1st-round rookie . While likely starting at left in 2022, Tyler is widely considered the eventual replacement for Tyron Smith at left tackle. He could be the emergency option now, sliding left and allowing to play guard in a pinch.

Over the last several years Dallas has generally employed a veteran tackle as Tyron’s backup. From Cam Fleming to Cam Erving to , the Cowboys have rarely entrusted such a critical role to an inexperienced player.

It seemed that Dallas was content to let the winner of the competition between Josh Ball and Matt Waletzko handle the job. But if Waletzko is now out of the running, the Cowboys could look to to add another contender to the mix.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

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  1. Not much left out there for FA Tackles but a bunch of broken down guys in steep decline and never were or will be:
    Nate Solder – 34
    Duane Brown – 36
    Bryan Bulaga – 33 mainly a RT now but has history with Mike McCarthy.
    Eric Fisher – 31
    Daryl Williams – 29 (RT)
    Marcus Cannon – 34 (RT)
    Zach Banner – 28
    Brandon Shell – 30
    Sam Tevi – 27
    Bobbie Massey – 31 (RT)
    Ty Nsekhe – Please, no!
    Mike Remmers – 33 (RT)
    Kendall Lamm – 30 (RT)
    Jason Peters – 40
    Oday Oboushi – 31
    Josh Wells 31 (RT)
    Mitch Hyatt – 25 (RT)

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