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Taco Charlton has shoulder surgery for injury that ailed him during the season

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With a fixed shoulder, Charlton will look to rebound in 2019.

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When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Taco Charlton in the first round of the 2017 draft, they were hoping they were getting a difference-maker at defensive end. His combination of size and athleticism was an intriguing mix that the team obviously projected as skills that would work in the NFL. So far, that hasn’t happened. After a rookie season that was partly written off as a learning experience, there was hope Charlton would build on an uptick of production at the end of that year. That didn’t happen in 2018, and part of the issue was a shoulder injury that resulted in surgery today.

The surgery is not expected to keep Charlton from any of the offseason activities.

Charlton missed a few games this year with the shoulder problem and when he came back, he was inactive for a few games, That was reportedly due to an attitude problem. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli had this cryptic quote when asked about Charlton a week after that first healthy scratch:

Between the shoulder injury, the lack of production and the reported “attitude” problem, 2018 was a poor year for Charlton. The Cowboys patience is likely wearing thin after spending a first-round pick on the defensive end.

We obviously wish Charlton well after his surgery, having an operation like this reminds us of the toll the game takes on the player’s bodies and the sacrifices they make to play the game. As fans, we should never lose sight of that.

Charlton’s third year is likely a crossroads year, there will be no more excuses about learning the game and the expectations of how a professional should act in preparation for games. Charlton will have to produce in 2019. Good luck.