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Report: Henry Melton cleared to open Cowboys camp

The Dallas Cowboys' depleted defense will get a shot in the arm from a key contributor when training camp opens.

Defensive tackle Henry Melton, an intriguing free-agent acquisition, will be cleared to take part in the first practice of training camp, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Melton missed the entirety of offseason practices while recovering from ACL surgery. There was speculation that his rehab was behind schedule, so this is welcome news for the Cowboys.

Less than two years removed from his first Pro Bowl nod, Melton is reuniting with new coordinator Rod Marinelli in Dallas. He has big shoes to fill in replacing three-technique tackle Jason Hatcher, who generated 11 sacks as an interior pass rusher in 2013.

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