Melton (groin) needs preseason action

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton will play at some point this preseason.

The question is whether that happens this weekend in Miami or in the preseason finale against the Denver Broncos.

The Cowboys believe Melton needs the work because he is coming off a knee injury that sidelined him for the final 13 games last season with the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys sat Melton for the preseason opener as a precaution, and a groin injury sidelined him for Saturday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“We would love to have him play,” coach Jason Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. We’ll see what he’s able to do this week and if he can play this week, we would love to have him out there. If not, I would anticipate him playing next week.”

Garrett anticipates that Melton will return to practice later this week, so a decision might not be made on whether to play him against the Dolphins until Friday or Saturday.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne (left shoulder) is in a similar situation, although the Cowboys are optimistic that he’ll be on the practice field before Melton.

Of the injuries suffered Saturday night, linebacker DeVonte Holloman’s neck is the one that most concerns the Cowboys. Holloman missed seven games last season due to a spinal contusion, and the team is trying to determine the severity of this injury.

“He’s still getting evaluated on that, but it is a neck injury, and he had a neck injury last year, so we’ll just monitor him after he gets the feedback from the doctors,” Garrett said. “We’re obviously looking at that situation very closely.”

Asked if Holloman's injury could be career threatening, Garrett said, “We just got to see what the doctors say. Simple as that.”

Tight end Gavin Escobar (shoulder) is day to day, and rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens (stinger) is not expected to miss any time, Garrett said.