Charlton had surgery on his shoulder Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Charlton's injury was related to his labrum and had sidelined him for three games in November. His stats took a downturn the second half of the season, which could have been a result of playing through injury. The 2017 first-round pick isn't expected to miss much offseason work while he recovers.
Charlton finished the regular season with 27 tackles, including only one sack, in 11 games.
While the second-year defensive end got a chance to start to begin the season, he quickly slipped into a rotational role, and Charlton's second half was sunk by a Week 9 shoulder injury that limited him to only four total snaps over the next six games. Heading into his third NFL campaign, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft has yet to establish himself, but improved health could allow him to make some kind of impact in the Cowboys' pass rush behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.
Charlton has missed three straight games due to a lingering shoulder issue and finally appears to be nearing a full recovery. The 2017 first-round pick's return would be a notable boost to Dallas' defensive front, especially with Maliek Collins (knee) nursing an injury. If he's able to suit up Week 13, Charlton will work to contain a formidable Saints offense during Thursday Night Football.
Charlton was limited in practice throughout the week, and he was unable to get healthy enough to suit up Thanksgiving Day. The 2017 first-round pick will miss his third consecutive game, allowing Randy Gregory to slot into the starting lineup.
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