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Cowboys 2018 training camp: First practice of the year and Chaz Green is taken away on a cart

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It’s not a good start for the Cowboys reserve offensive linemen.

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Chaz Green is running out of opportunities to earn his place on the Dallas Cowboys. After having hip surgery his rookie season that kept him out all year, he made his NFL debut in 2016 when he filled in for the injured Tyron Smith. But his stint was short as a foot injury as well as a herniated disc sidelined him for 12 games. Last year, he was finally healthy, but when he was called into action, it did not go well. He started the season at left guard and then was asked to play left tackle when Smith got hurt. Green struggled immensely and many wondered if his days in Dallas were over.

Well, it’s 2018 now and he’s still on the team’s roster as he’s hanging on by the skin of his teeth. However, things just got a little more challenging for Green as he couldn’t make it out of the first day of practice unscathed.

The Cowboys made some changes this offseason to shore up their offensive line. They signed free agent Cameron Fleming to a one-year deal and he is expected to take over the swing tackle position. They also drafted Connor Williams in the second round to take over at guard for the departed Jonathan Cooper. The team also signed guard Marcus Martin in free agency as well. When you combine that with last year’s reserve Joe Looney and practice squad stash Kadeem Edwards, there are a lot of big bodies on the offensive line fighting for jobs. Green needs to have a near-perfect camp if he’s expected to have any realistic shot at landing one of those last remaining roster spots. This is clearly not how he wanted his season to start.

For Green, it’s just the same old. He was hurt all throughout college, which caused his draft value to slide. And he’s been injured throughout most of his pro career as well.

Durability issues are definitely a concern for him, but he’s got another thing working against him too. Time. Before, the coaching staff was patient with Green as they wanted to give him every opportunity to show what type of player he could be. Now, he may not be afforded those same luxuries. He’s at a point where he needs to show he can contribute or else the team needs to look elsewhere for help. Roster spots are precious so they can’t save a spot for a player who isn’t able to go on Sundays.

Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and the veteran linemen can get himself right quick, because time is running out.