The Dallas Cowboys most likely won't be able to survive long term without left tackle Tyron Smith. But the man responsible for protecting Tony Romo's blind side is shockingly optimistic that he'll have a chance to suit up 48 hours from now when the Cowboys host the Washington Redskins.
Smith, who sprained his ankle in Dallas' win over Cleveland, is calling himself a gameday decision, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. He sat out Monday's practice, but he says he played through the same injury at USC.
Considering that these things usually keep guys out for multiple weeks, that's impressive.
If indeed he's tough enough to do so without hurting the team, that could be a season-saver. While Dallas could definitely use Smith against the 'Skins, the team might be smart to sit him this one game, giving the 22-year-old an extra week-and-a-half to get healthy before the 'Boys face three solid defensive fronts in a row.
On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...
From Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Bruce Carter is as surprised as you are by his sudden emergence.
From USA Today: Getting booed hurt Dez Bryant's heart. Dez's words.
From Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News: Keith Rivers can't catch a break. Now he's dealing with a bruised knee as a result of a car accident.
A source tells CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher that rookie defensive end Vinny Curry is finally expected to be activated when the Eagles face Carolina Monday night.
From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Andy Reid doesn't regret still having LeSean McCoy in what many perceived to be a lost game when he suffered a concussion Sunday.
From Stephen Whyno and Rich Campbell of the Washington Times: London Fletcher and Josh Wilson both might not be able to suit up against the Cowboys. That would be huge.
According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Brandon Meriweather's latest knee injury was serious after all and now Meriweather's done for the year.