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Maliek Collins has foot surgery, expected to start training camp on PUP list

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A big part of the Cowboys interior line will be on the shelf for a while.

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Last week Stephen Jones told season ticket holders during a conference call that Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins had a foot injury.

Word trickled out in the hours that followed that Collins had actually suffered a broken foot (left) last week during workouts.

When you break something sometimes you need surgery to correct it, and Maliek Collins has officially had surgery. He’s expected to begin training camp on the PUP list (physically unable to perform).

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Collins will start training camp on the physicall unable to perform (PUP) list, but should be back on the field at some point in August.

Many have made note of the fact that Maliek Collins broke his foot in the lead-up to his rookie season (2016). Collins broke his other foot this time, and he did so about two weeks before he did two years ago when that injury didn’t cause him to miss any regular season action.

It’s noted that Collins could be back on the field with the Cowboys in August. Dallas had an opportunity to reel in Terrell McClain last week and that would’ve shored up the interior in Maliek’s absence, but McClain chose instead to sign with the Atlanta Falcons.

It’s not troubling for 2018 that Maliek has a broken foot as he’s overcome this before; however, it is troubling that this seems to be a bit of a recurring thing. Thankfully, Maliek has begun the process of getting right with surgery.