Henry Melton: 'I'm feeling good'

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton is healthy to play in Thursday’s preseason finale.

Whether Melton, who hasn’t played this preseason, will get any game action before the regular season begins is to be determined.

Melton, who is coming off a torn ACL suffered in September and sat out the last two weeks with a strained groin, said he has been “full go” in practice this week. It’s up to the coaches to decide whether he’ll get any time against in Thursday’s exhibition against the Denver Broncos, when the vast majority of starters will watch from the sideline.

“It doesn't matter to me,” Melton said. “I'm feeling good. Sitting out a week let my knee heal a little bit more, but it did set back my conditioning. One day of pads, I might need more reps before game time. But we will see.”

Coach Jason Garrett indicated last week that he planned to have Melton and cornerback Morris Claiborne -- the two defensive starters who haven’t played a down this preseason -- chip off the rust with some playing time against the Broncos.

However, Garrett said Tuesday that the coaching staff is still considering whether that’s in the team’s best interest.

“We’re still going to use the next couple of days to make that decision,” Garrett said. “See how they did today, see how they feel tomorrow. There is some real value for those guys to play in the game. You obviously balance that with giving them a chance to rest even more before the game next week.”