Cowboys DT Collins breaks foot; no timetable for return

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For the second time in three seasons, the Dallas Cowboys will be without defensive tackle Maliek Collins in the lead up to training camp because of a bum foot.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the big DT, who started 30 of a possible 32 games for Dallas the last two seasons, broke his foot Thursday while participating in the offseason conditioning program. A timeline for the third-year pro is unclear, Rapoport added.

Back in the spring of 2016, Collins suffered a similar injury, breaking his right foot in Cowboys OTAs. The break required surgery, but the former third-round pick was back in time for the start of the regular season.

In 32 career games, Collins has logged 7.5 sacks, including five as a rookie.

Per Rapoport, defensive-line help could be on the way in Dallas. The Cowboys are having “escalating” contract talks with free-agent DT Terrell McClain, who started alongside Collins on Dallas’ D-line in 2016.

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