The Dallas Cowboys are in sore need of help on the outside of the offensive line. They are coming off of two games in a row where they have operated without Tyron Smith and La’el Collins.
We will continue to wait and see whether the former will return to action this week while the latter is someone that is creating more questions than anyone else related to the team at the moment. Just Tuesday morning, Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that nobody knows what is going on with La’el Collins. Seriously.
The Cowboys expressed interest in veteran tackle Jared Veldheer but ultimately he chose to retire instead. Obviously depth is still needed there so the Cowboys turned to a different veteran option.
The Cowboys have reportedly signed veteran tackle Jordan Mills to the practice squad
NFL rules are different in 2020 as a result of Covid-19 protocols and one of the far-different-from-normal details is that veterans can be signed to practice squads.
The Cowboys took advantage of this on Tuesday and brought in a veteran tackle to the group. Jordan Mills is now part of the team’s offensive line group.
The #Cowboys signed veteran tackle Jordan Mills to the practice squad, per the wire.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 29, 2020
Mills had a brief stint with the Cowboys back in 2015 so the team is certainly familiar with him. Since then he has played for the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and most recently the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cowboys are at a point where they need as much depth as they can get. Not only is Tyron Smith dealing with his own injury while La’el Collins is on injured reserve, but Cam Erving is also on IR. Bodies are necessary at the moment.
Whether or not Mills is promoted to the active roster remains to be seen. Dallas has a while before they have to determine whether or not Tyron Smith will play this week, and last week they reached a point where they kicked Zack Martin out to right tackle while Terence Steele dealt with an illness (non-Covid related).
Also on the subject of practice squads, one player will be leaving the Cowboys’. Ron’Dell Carter is headed to Indianapolis according to The Dallas Morning News.
A blow to Cowboys' depth on D-line: rookie DT Ron'Dell Carter has terminated his contract in pursuit of opportunity elsewhere. Once he clears COVID-19 protocol, he intends to sign to the Colts' 53-man roster, per agent Adam Seifer. Carter was coveted prospect on practice squad.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 29, 2020