The panic surrounding Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith on Wednesday’s practice appeared to be just that. The All-World tackle departed the field of play before the practice was officially over, and while Thursday promised an official assessment, early reports were encouraging.
However, things went downhill right before the day ended. A “serious injury to his left hamstring,” as reported by ESPN, might sideline Tyron for a significant portion of the 2022 campaign.
The Dallas Cowboys’ current situation is, without a doubt, the worst possible outcome. When the regular season begins in two and a half weeks, they will have to contend with the loss of one of their finest players for an extended period of time.
Many Cowboys supporters have voiced their displeasure with the team’s approach to roster construction at swing tackle due to Tyron’s history of injuries. Despite Smith’s absences in six consecutive seasons leading up to the 2022 season, the team released La’el Collins and only added tackle Matt Waletzko through the draft (with the pick that they got from the Amari Cooper trade).
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 25, 2022
Second-year player Josh Ball, who has never played in an NFL regular season game, has battled during the preseason but showed improvement last week against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cowboys may consider moving first-round selection Tyler Smith to left tackle if they envision him as a future starter at that position. If they made that move, Connor McGovern might replace Tyler Smith at left guard, a position for which he has been vying.
Here’s video of Tyron Smith’s injury during today’s practice. He walked out of the practice facility about an hour ago under his own power and didn’t appear to have much of a limppic.twitter.com/ODyA3CDFla
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 25, 2022
With the start of the season fast approaching, this is a devastating loss for the team’s roster. Though they still have time, the Cowboys have shown no interest in bolstering their roster. This may alter the previous assumptions.
For the second year in a row, guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick joined Smith and Smith on the Pro Bowl roster. Smith’s 2017 campaign was cut short by a slew of injuries, including to his knee, back, groin, and hip.
He made 13 starts and played in every game. He would not participate in the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles since he was put on injured reserve on December 29. On the 2018 NFL Top 100 Players list, voted on by his peers, he came in at No. 39.
This year, as in 2018, Smith started all 13 games at left tackle. PFF gave him a 76.5 overall score, and while he did get flagged for 8 infractions, he only gave up 1 sack. For the seventh year in a row starting back in 2013, this earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl. The NFL ranked him as the 78th best player in the league for 2020.
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