Tyron Smith Injury: Updates on Cowboys OT's Back and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Sep 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) in game action in the game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. San Francisco beat Dallas 28-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith hasn't played since Week 2 after his back tightened up during practice on Sept. 23. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Smith Active vs. Bengals

Sunday, Oct. 9

David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reported Smith is available to play in Week 5 against Cincinnati. 

Latest on Smith's Practice Status

Friday, Oct. 7

Helman reported Smith was limited in Friday's session. 

Smith Comments on Recovery

Monday, Oct. 3

"Smith said after the win over San Francisco that his disk is beginning to 'calm down,'" according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "Smith, who warmed up before Sunday's game on resistance cords, said he's progressing and he should have a good shot to play Sunday against Cincinnati."

Jones Comments on Smith's Injury

Monday, Oct. 3

Jones provided an update on Smith on Sunday, per George:

[Smith] has something that probably a huge percent of this league has. It is not something that we would directly list on our report. And so it's very common. It's more like a muscle spasm. I would couch it as a muscle spasm. Treatment is more like that than it is anything to do with what I would consider traditional looks at bulging disks and things like that.

Smith Is Important Cog in Cowboys' Dominant OL

In his sixth NFL season, Smith has been largely healthy throughout his career. Before 2016, he missed only one regular-season game, emerging as one of the best young tackles in football.

The 2015 season saw him rank first in Pro Football Focus' overall grades despite a propensity for drawing penalties. The 25-year-old is part of perhaps the NFL's best offensive line, as center Travis Frederick and guard Zack Martin have joined him at the Pro Bowl in each of the last two years.

Smith has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three years and is responsible for keeping rookie signal-caller Dak Prescott upright.


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