Injuries suck whenever they occur, but five days before the start of the regular season is probably one of the worst times and that is exactly what has happened to the Dallas Cowboys.
Starting cornerback Mike Jenkins and starting right tackle Tyron Smith, both left practice early today due to knee injuries. Per ESPN's Calvin Watkins, both players are to undergo MRIs to determine the extent of the injuries.
During today's presser just concluded, Jason Garrett confirmed that one Jeremy Parnell would be the starting right tackle should Tyron be unable to go against the Jets. In an already depleted secondary with Terence Newman apparently missing Sunday's game with his groin injury, the Cowboys are looking to start Alan Ball and freshly signed corner of the future Orlando Scandrick.
To say this is a big blow to the team's chances of winning Sunday might be the understatement of the week.
We'll have more to follow.
[UPDATE] Still no word on Jenkins, or official word on Smith, but Bryan Broaddus tweeted 2-4 weeks.
Tyron Smith will be out 2 to 4 weeks with a hyper extended knee that he suffered in practice this afternoon.
He confirmed in a later tweet (responding to our own Kegbearer) that he has this from team sources.