The Dallas Cowboys received great news early on Wednesday when it was announced that veteran left tackle Tyron Smith was slated to practice for the first time since tearing his hamstring in August. However, shortly after, something unfortunate took place.

Now that cornerback Anthony Brown is gone for the season with a torn Achilles, Kelvin Joseph is slated to replace him as the starter outside opposite Trevon Diggs this Sunday against the Texans. Unfortunately, though, Joseph was not at practice on Wednesday due to an illness.

This isn’t the first time Joseph has dealt with this. He missed the Cowboys’ win over the Giants on Thanksgiving due to an illness as well which has affected several players on the roster.

Joseph hardly got any shine at cornerback over the Cowboys’ first seven games, logging just eight defensive snaps. Instead, he was a big special teams contributor by making several plays in punt coverage.

All that is fine and dandy, but Joseph is a second-round pick so he was brought in to be a significant part of the Cowboys’ defense. That means reps are of the highest importance, starting in practice, so every day Joseph misses puts him behind the eight ball.

Joseph had limited snaps last season as a rookie due to an injury setback. However, when he did play he showed the potential he had coming out of the NFL draft with just seven receptions allowed on 15 targets, netting just 49 yards (didn’t allow a touchdown).

Hopefully for Joseph, and the Cowboys’ defense, this will pass soon seeing as he is needed immensely going forward.

Feature image via Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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