It has been nearly two weeks since Tapper suffered the concussion during OTAs, but it looks like he has cleared protocol in time for the start of the team's mandatory minicamp. Given the seriousness of concussions and Tapper's injury history, the team will likely ease the defensive end back into the swing of things.
Tapper suffered a concussion during Tuesday's practice, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It's not clear how long Tapper will be sidelined. More information on his recovery should emerge as OTAs continue.
Tapper (foot) reported via his personal Twitter account that he's received medical clearance to return to the field.
Tapper underwent surgery to repair a foot he fractured in Week 2. Although the Oklahoma product has played in just two out of a possible 32 games since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, Tapper has shown promise when healthy and could be an integral part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation in 2018.
Tapper (foot) has been given an updated recovery timetable of 8-10 weeks, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Tapper was originally given a timetable for 10-12 weeks, but with the potential to now return a couple weeks sooner, the defensive end could could end up being activated off injured reserve later in the season. David Irving, who is returning from a four-game suspension, is expected to take on the roster spot left open by Tapper's absence.
Tapper will undergo surgery on his broken foot later this week and is expected to be out 10-12 weeks, The Dallas Morning News reports.
While this is yet another setback for the 2016 fourth-round pick, the timing is nearly perfect for the Cowboys, who can free up a roster spot for the returning David Irving (suspension) by placing Tapper on IR. The defensive end from Oklahoma still has the physical tools to make an impact at some point, but Tapper will have to wait until next season to try and prove he can stay healthy and contribute to the Dallas pass rush.