The Cowboys said Wednesday that Folk, a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2007, should resume light kicking work in about eight weeks. They're hopeful he can handle full kicking work in 12 weeks, around the start of training camp.
The Cowboys picked USC kicker David Buehler in the fifth round of the draft last month.
Folk had surgery Tuesday in Colorado to repair a right hip labral tear, which can be caused by repetitive motions like kicking. He didn't miss a game the past two seasons.
Folk has the best field-goal accuracy rate among active kickers, making 46-of-53 field goals (86.8 percent) in his career.