Smith was injured during a jog and fell to the ground as he tackled the goal line Leighton Vander Esch. He was able to walk to the dressing room without any assistance, and initial tests showed that the ACL in his left knee was intact.
The sources said further reviews to determine the full severity of the injury are scheduled for Thursday.
Smith was spotted leaving the locker room after practice and doesn’t appear to be limping. Left guard Connor McGovern talked to him afterwards.
“He gave me a comforting growl as he usually does,” said McGovern. “It’s something that plays next to him for so long, I can decipher his grunts. I think he’s okay.”
The loss of Smith, an eight-time bowler and protector Dak PrescottIts blind side creates a hole in an offensive line that has solved questions before the September 11 opening game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Drafted by Dallas Tyler Smith in the first round became the left player of the future and used him exclusively at left-back during training camp and the first two games of the first season. Smith is also facing an ankle injury that has kept him out of action for the past two training sessions.
The cowboys played Josh Ball. They also drafted Matt Waletzko in the ring for five years now, but he only returned to training this week after sustaining a shoulder injury during most of his training period.
Coach Mike McCarthy pointed out Aviante Collins‘played during camp, but Collins hasn’t played a game since 2019. He spent most of last season on the Cowboys’ practice team.
The Cowboys can look to veteran help in the free agency or commercial market to replace Smith. Eric Fisherformer No. 1 chosen overall in 2013, not signed after starting 15 games last season for Indianapolis Colts.
The Cowboys have more than $20 million in the salary cap space, according to NFL Players Association figures, but a good chunk of that is planned toward team practice and additional calls during the season. .
Dallas broke ground in a new rights settlement with Terence Steele replace La’el Collins, who was cut during the season. Tyler Smith and McGovern have been competing for the spot at left-back, and McCarthy says McGovern would be the starter if the season starts today.
Tyler Smith snapped in organized group activities and minicamps on the left shot. He started 12 games on the left last season in Tulsa and nine in his freshman season in 2020. The Cowboys like his strength and makeover but want him to focus on a spot in training camp.
Necessity could change everything in less than three weeks before the Buccaneers open.
As for Tyron Smith, this continues to be a string of injuries in recent years. He hasn’t played a full season since 2015 because of knee, ankle, neck and elbow injuries. He has missed 14 games in 2020 because of neck surgery. He missed six games last season due to an ankle injury and was not on the COVID list.
Smith, the longest running cowboy, turns 32 in December. He is contracted until 2023.