While the Cowboys offensive tackle wasn’t listed as inactive, Tyron Smith sat out today’s matchup against the Redskins today. Fortunately for Dallas, it sounds like the veteran will be back next week. Owner Jerry Jones told Calvin Watkins of The Athletic that Smith should be back for next week’s game against the Saints (Twitter link). Jones added that he was expecting the lineman to play today.
The 27-year-old suffered what’s been described as a “stinger” during last week’s win over the Falcons, and he was seen wearing a brace on his elbow during today’s victory. Cameron Fleming ended up sliding into the starting lineup for the Cowboys, but Smith will surely regain that role next week. If the Pro Bowler was forced to miss extended time, Dallas could have also given a look at backup linemen Xavier Su’a-Filo and Adam Redmond.
Smith, a 2011 first-rounder, was having another solid season through the Cowboys first 10 games. The lineman has made five straight Pro Bowls, and he was named as a first- or second-team All-Pro for four of the past five seasons. He ended the 2017 campaign on the IR after having dealt with knee, back, groin, and hip injuries, but he’s made it through the 2018 season mostly unscathed.
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