Henry Melton would trade sacks for wins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Henry Melton would like to make a trade.

“It’s feeling better coming in here with no sacks and a win rather than coming in here with sacks and a big L on the sheet,” the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle said after Sunday’s 28-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Melton said his sacks of Carson Palmer Sunday were because of his teammates' effort.

“I feel bad for a lot of the guys who were actually around him and can’t get him down,” Melton said. “I sneak in there and get a couple.”

Melton had 1.5 sacks in the loss, upping his team-leading total to five on the season. It was his second straight multi-sack game with the Cowboys. He had two sacks in last week’s loss to the Washington Redskins.

“It’s coming a little bit more naturally,” Melton said of his play. “I’m getting kind of in a groove.”

But he said he is still not 100 percent from anterior cruciate ligament surgery that limited him to three games last year. He spent part of Sunday’s game with a heating pad on his right leg as he has battled groin and hamstring injuries.

The Cowboys will need him, especially if they will be without Tyrone Crawford for a long stretch. Crawford suffered a right knee injury late in the loss.

“I’m feeling all right,” Melton said. “It’s coming along. Still got a long way to go, but hopefully the momentum just continues to build.”