Dallas Cowboys’ Tyron Smith to undergo surgery for torn hamstring, possible return in December
FRISCO, Texas — It’s likely that Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith is back in the early days after his tough tendon loosened up and got dirty during practice, dijeron fuentes a ESPN Thursday.
Smith is due to undergo surgery on Friday, a source told ESPN.
“It’s a huge disappointment, especially for Tyron himself,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday. “…Immediately that rallying cry is ‘let’s do it early in the season’, because when Tyron returns we will be that much stronger.
“We want him to push himself to where we are in front. When we get there healthy, we can make that run in the playoffs. That doesn’t diminish that hope.”
Smith was injured on a run play and fell to the ground trying to block linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. He was able to walk to the locker room unaided and initial tests indicated that the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee was intact.
Smith was seen leaving the locker room after practice and did not appear to be limping.
The loss of Smith, an eight-time Pro Bowler and blindside protector of Dak Prescott, creates a huge void in an offensive line that was already facing question marks heading into the Sept. 11 opener against the Tampa Buccaneers. Bay.
“Delay is a factor, but we’re going to step up and figure it out,” Jones told ESPN after appearing on First Take. “We will line up against them, I assure you, and not by default.”
Dallas drafted Tyler Smith in the first round to be the left tackle of the future and used him exclusively at left guard during training camp and the first two preseason games. Smith is also struggling with an ankle injury which has kept him out of the last two practices.
“Hey, Tyler Smith. He’s going to be a big part of this puzzle, our first pick in the draft,” Jones said. “…We’re going to fire some people who are going to get reps that we didn’t expect. That’s the secret of the offensive line is to get the reps, get the reps. It’s that kind of It’s going to give some people repeats. “We have to find a way for our skillful players to take over and the defense to take over.”
The Cowboys put Josh Ball, who was a fourth-round pick last year but did not play as a rookie due to an ankle injury, at left tackle with the first team when Smith took breaks. They also drafted Matt Waletzko in the fifth round this year, but he only returned to practice this week after suffering a shoulder injury for most of training camp.
Coach Mike McCarthy highlighted Aviante Collins’ play during camp, but Collins hasn’t played in a game since 2019. He spent most of last season on the Cowboys practice squad.
The Cowboys could look to veterans for help either in free agency or on the trade market to replace Smith. Eric Fisher, the former No. 1 overall pick in 2013, is unsigned after starting 15 games last season with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Cowboys have more than $20 million in salary cap space, according to NFL Players Association figures, but a good chunk of that is expected to go to the practice squad and in-season rosters.
Tyler Smith cracked during organized team activities and minicamp at left tackle. He started 12 games at left tackle last season at Tulsa and nine in his first season as a redshirt in 2020. The Cowboys like his strength and composition, but wanted him to focus on a position during camp. coaching.
As for Tyron Smith, that continues with a series of injuries in recent years. He hasn’t played a full season since 2015 as he suffered knee, ankle, neck and elbow injuries. He missed 14 games in 2020 due to neck surgery. He missed six games last season due to an ankle injury and a stay on the COVID roster.
“We’ve played a lot of games without Tyron,” Jones told ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, “but not as successfully as we do with him.”
Smith, who is the Cowboys’ oldest player, turns 32 in December. He is signed until 2023.
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