Cowboys opt for more rest for Henry Melton

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys' Henry Melton and Morris Claiborne will go into the regular season without having played a preseason snap.

For Claiborne, that wasn’t a surprise because he of a shoulder injury suffered Aug. 13 in practice against the Oakland Raiders. Melton, however, was expected to see at least a few snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos but worked only in warmups.

“We wanted to get those guys an opportunity if we could to just come out and have a little game action,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’ve had this situation a number of times in the past where you just make a decision that says, ‘Let’s not play them this situation. Let’s give him 10 more days before he’s in a game and hopefully that will help him.’”

Melton missed the last three preseason games with a groin injury but has always said he would be ready for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. But he has not played since Week 3 last season with the Chicago Bears when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

The knee has not given him any issues in the summer.

Claiborne is used to not playing in the preseason. He has missed every game in the past two preseasons.

“Nothing like the game,” cornerback Brandon Carr said when asked what Claiborne missed by sitting. “Just for him, it’s conditioning and those things, but he’s done a great job this year of just taking care of his body and things he can control as far as that and making sure his footwork is right. I’m confident he’s going to be ready to play. You get to this level it’s more so of a mindset. It’s the mental part of the game that gets people but I think he’s turned that corner as well.”