The Dallas Cowboys are set to take on the rival New York Giants this Sunday, but it looks like the team could be without left tackle Tyron Smith.
Smith, who is no stranger to missing time due to injury, returned to the starting lineup last week in the loss to the Browns after dealing with a neck injury. The hope was that Smith, who played all 82 snaps in the week four contest, would be good to go moving forward.
Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. Mike McCarthy told the media on Wednesday that the veteran offensive lineman is behind where he was at the same point last week.
Tyron Smith (neck) is not expected to practice today. Mike McCarthy said Smith is further back than he was at this time last week
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 8, 2020
The Dallas Cowboys are already without starting right tackle La’el Collins — who recently underwent season-ending hip surgery — which makes Smith missing more time an even bigger deal.
Second-year lineman Brandon Knight has played mostly well in Smith’s absence, but Terence Steele, who has started in place for Collins, has had his struggles on the right side of the line. It is not ideal to have to rely on the undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech, but that looks to be the case for the Cowboys against the Giants in week five.
#Cowboys (likely) offensive line for Week 5 vs. Giants:
LT: Brandon Knight
LG: Connor Williams
C: Tyler Biadasz
RG: Zack Martin
RT: Terrence Steele
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 8, 2020
Joe Judge’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL in total yardage per game, sixth in passing yardage per game, and just outside the top-10 in rushing yardage per game. The Giants are giving up 24 points per contest, while the Cowboys are scoring an average of 31.5 points every Sunday (good for third best in the league).
Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore are certainly counting on the pair of Knight and Steele to hold up in pass protection and run blocking if Smith cannot give it a go so that the offense can succeed against their division rival.
The Giants, who have Jason Garrett on staff as offensive coordinator, will be looking to play spoiler in Arlington as the Cowboys to look rebound from an underwhelming 1-3 start to the season. With games against the Giants, Washington, and the Eagles on the horizon in three of their next four games, this is the perfect opportunity for the Cowboys to get rolling.
Reports began to circulate on Thursday afternoon that there is a possibility Tyron Smith’s season could be shut down. This is certainly something that is worth watching.
#Cowboys LT Tyron Smith is gathering medical opinions on his neck after a setback, and one option being considered is shutting down for the season, sources tell me and @SlaterNFL. No final decision made on Smith, who hasn’t practiced this week, but his status is up in the air.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 8, 2020
Source confirms that Cowboys are considering placing Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith on IR. Smith is currently seeking additional medical advice about his neck injury. Shutting down season is a possibility.
Team has already lost starting RT La’el Collins for the season.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) October 8, 2020
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