The Dallas Cowboys are a few days away from being on their bye for the season which will be a welcome opportunity for reinforcements to prepare to return and for players who have been playing to rest up.
As we all know an NFL season is a battle of attrition and injuries pop up all the time around the league. Dallas has been dealing with a handful of players being unavailable to them (to put it mildly), but on Thursday some of our deepest wounds were picked at when left tackle Tyron Smith appeared on the injury report as a limited participant with a neck issue.
Tyron’s history with his neck is well-chronicled which is why this is a not so fun discussion for many Cowboys fans. Plenty of people began speculating what this week could look like if Tyron is unable to play, but it appears that this may not even be the case. According to ESPN the “current expectation” is that Tyron Smith will play on Sunday.
#Cowboys starting left tackle Tyron Smith was added to the injury report with a neck issue today and practiced on a limited basis. A source told me the current expectation is that Smith will play Sunday at the #Patriots.— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) October 15, 2021
There is still a lot of time between now and kickoff so obviously anything can change, but it is still very encouraging to hear a report like this in the aftermath of Tyron’s appearance on the injury report.
Dallas is already operating without La’el Collins at tackle and Terence Steele has made that feel a lot less disaster-like than many anticipated when he was first announced as the fill-in option. The Cowboys had to operate without both La’el and Tyron for most of last season and despite the good vibes that are encircling the team at the moment, doing so again in any capacity doesn’t exactly sound fun.
Hopefully Friday’s injury report reflects positive movement for Tyron Smith.