A little more than a year has passed since Danny Coale was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round in 2012.

But he is no further along in his pro career than when he started. Injuries robbed the receiver of his rookie season. He suffered a stress fracture in his left foot during the first organized team activity last May. He also hurt his hamstring and quadriceps muscles before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while serving on the practice squad last November.

Coale, who had surgery Dec. 11 and hasn’t played in a regular-season game, has gone through a lengthy rehabilitation process since. At the same time, he has watched reserve wideout Dwayne Harris emerge and the Cowboys use a third-round pick last month to draft Baylor receiver Terrance Williams.

“I think the most frustrating part is you’ve never been that guy who’s been hurt constantly,” Coale said. “I’ve never been that person, so to have year like this, it was tough.”

But Coale is on the mend. He has already started to run routes and plans to be involved in some capacity during OTAs. Yet Coale, who was eligible to participate in the team’s rookie mini-camp this weekend, is taking a cautious approach.