The Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, talked to 105.3 the Fan about the Cowboys current injury situation this morning. This doesn’t count as official updates, as we know sometimes Jerry likes to play doctor but really isn’t one, but he still has some insider knowledge. His analysis makes it seem like the Cowboys will be in pretty good shape on Sunday.
Tyron Smith’s chance of playing against the Bengals is “real good” according to Jerry. This would be big, not only because of how talented Smith is and the Bengals Carlos Dunlap is lurking, but his absence could cause a cascade effect where multiple players have to switch positions. With Chaz Green hobbling, the Cowboys would potentially have to move Doug Free to left tackle, kick Zack Martin out to right tackle and insert Joe Looney in the right guard spot. If Smith plays, all is well again.
There has been some confusion about the status of DeMarcus Lawrence since he wasn’t participating fully in practice and Jason Garrett brought up the fact that his back is an issue. Jerry says the Lawrence is ready to go and will be in the rotation. They will likely limit him to passing downs.
Jones also thinks that kicker Dan Bailey will be a go for the game. Orlando Scandrick will remain a game-time decision. Lance Dunbar has a knee issue and needs some rest, Jones did not clarify his status for Sunday.
As for Dez Bryant, he wasn’t discussed but it’s pretty obvious he will not be playing on Sunday. And for anybody wondering, yes quarterback Jameill Showers has been moved to safety, but no, at this point he’s not being called up to the 53-man roster. He is on the practice squad.