Tyron Smith will likely miss Cowboys-Seahawks. Here’s why that may not be the worst thing - Michael Gehlken
It appears the Cowboys will be without their left tackle for a second straight week.
Barring a surprise ending, he won’t play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cowboys left tackle missed the team’s Friday walk-through practice for a second straight week. With a neck ailment, he is listed as questionable on the injury report for a second straight week. And for a second straight week, coach Mike McCarthy said that Smith’s status won’t gain clarity until after Saturday’s practice.
Tyron’s making progress,” McCarthy said on Friday. “He’s getting better.” Another week to recover may not be the worst thing. The Seahawks lack a premium edge defender. Safety Jamal Adams has been their most productive rusher. In Smith’s absence, Brandon Knight more than held his own last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, who lost top rusher Takk McKinley to a first-quarter groin injury.
Smith’s medical situation is a concern, something the Cowboys believe they’ll have to manage carefully over a prolonged period. Trotting out him now, after he hasn’t practiced since suffered the injury during individual drills on Sept. 17, may not compute.
The Cowboys could elevate offensive tackle Eric Smith from the practice squad on Saturday. For a second straight week.
And it appears Chido will be out a little bit longer.
The Dallas Cowboys made a roster move on Saturday, prior to facing off against the Seattle Seahawks in their Week 3 matchup in the Pacific Northwest. Already ruled out of action for the week and thought to be out for multiple weeks, things became official for cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, as the club has placed him on injured reserve. Awuzie will now be out through at least their first NFC East game, Week 5 against the New York Giants.
To fill his spot, free agent signing and second-year corner Saivion Smith has been signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The team also took advantage of the 2020 rules and has elevated practice squad players CB Deante Burton and OT Eric Smith to the active roster.
Ten Cowboys notes: Looking to ‘lethal’ offense to score fast, often in Seattle - Jon Machota, The Athletic
Ten notes going in to the Seattle game, including some updates on the health of Cowboys players.
5.) Other injury updates.
Left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) will be a game-time decision for a second consecutive week. He did not practice this week, but he was working off to the side with an athletic trainer during the portions of practice open to reporters. If Smith can’t go, the Cowboys are expected to again go with 2019 undrafted free agent Brandon Knight at left tackle and undrafted rookie free agent Terence Steele at right tackle.
DeMarcus Lawrence (knee) was limited in practice on Friday and, like Smith, he’s listed as questionable for the game. It sounds like Lawrence has a better chance at playing than Smith.
Rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs (shoulder) missed practice on Wednesday but he was a full participant on Thursday and Friday. He’s expected to start Sunday.
Right tackle La’el Collins (hip) is eligible to come off the three-week injured reserve next week, but it doesn’t sound like it’s a guarantee he’ll be ready to go for Week 4.
“That determination hasn’t been set yet,” Mike McCarthy said when asked if Collins will return to practice next week. “I just know that in the training room meeting (Thursday), he’s making progress. So we’ll see where next week leads us.” While some injured players do rehab work on the field during the portions of practice open to reporters, Collins has not been one of them.
With the Cowboys corners depleted, they will turn to veteran who will have his work cut out for him on Sunday.
It’s been mostly quiet for the fifth-year DB in his first two weeks. What Worley’s best known for right now is failing to catch an easy interception that could’ve greatly helped the Cowboys during their early-game struggles against Atlanta. But with Awuzie and Brown definitely out Dallas needs someone who can play the outside. They will likely deploy Jourdan Lewis in the slot as it’s where he’s best suited. Covering Seattle’s Tyler Lockett will likely fall to Lewis and Trevon Diggs depending on where the speedy WR lines up. That means Worley could be seeing a lot of D.K. Metcalf, who’s already having a big year with eight catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns in just two weeks.
Highlights of some of the key things to remember from this week’s action.
4:25 p.m. ET | Fox Matchup rating: 74.7 | Spread: SEA -5 (56.5)
What to watch for: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ passing game have a favorable matchup against Dallas’ banged-up defense. The Seahawks have leaned more on Wilson over the first two games, and he has delivered, including a five-touchdown performance last week against New England’s strong secondary. Now he faces a Cowboys defense that won’t have cornerback Chidobe Awuzie or linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. With Seattle dealing with defensive issues of its own, this game has shootout potential. — Brady Henderson
Bold prediction: Wilson will throw for more than 300 yards. Yes, he has thrown for 610 yards with nine touchdowns and just 11 incompletions in the first two games, but before you question my boldness, consider this: In five games against the Cowboys for his career, Wilson is averaging just 154.4 yards through the air. He has completed 78 of 125 passes for 772 yards in those five games. — Todd Archer
Three things to watch, including how every drive is precious.
3. Make every possession count
The ability to play keep-away at critical moments is going to be a huge key to victory as each team will look to break serve against the other by getting defensive stops. Seattle running backs Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde have yet to break out for a 100-yard rushing game, but they got the job done last week to keep New England off balance. Carson and Hyde will need to take what the Cowboys defense gives them and simply hang on to the football to avoid giving away possessions. Ball security plagued Dallas in the first half last week, putting the ball on the ground with three lost fumbles, including one by Ezekiel Elliott, If the Cowboys can pay attention to the little things and protect the ball better, they will have plenty of opportunities to score this week.
Prediction: Seahawks 34, Cowboys 31
NFL picks, predictions for Week 3: Packers handle Saints; Bengals bury Eagles; Steelers top Texans - Tadd Haislop, Sporting News
Not everyone is picking the Seahawks to beat Dallas on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks (-4 1/2)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox
Fox’s Game of the Week is a dandy, especially with the Cowboys riding the high of their historic comeback win over the Falcons last week. The Seahawks are coming off an exhilarating win of their own with a red-hot quarterback. This should be tight. We like the team former Jets safety Jamal Adams wanted to play for to edge the team he ended up joining via trade.
Pick: Cowboys 28, Seahawks 24
The staff over at the Mothership provide what’s in their gut for Sunday’s game.
David Helman: I think everyone who follows my work knows how I feel about Dak Prescott by now. He’s more than deserving of a new contract, he’s off to a fantastic start and he’s going to be the reason the Cowboys have a chance to win every game they play this season. All of that nice stuff said, I might have a higher opinion of Russell Wilson and the level he’s playing on right now. If the Seahawks are going to put the game in his hands the way they have these first two weeks, he’s going to be a tough guys to beat – especially for a defense that has looked rusty so far this year. I really hope this game lives up to the hype, because I think Dak and Russ have the potential to combine for 600 yards and 60 or 70 points. This should be a really fun shootout of a game. Unfortunately, I think I trust Wilson just a little bit more. In a game that’s sure to come down to the final few minutes, I think he’ll make the difference in helping the Seahawks eke out a 38-34 win.
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