Attention now turns toward the Dallas Cowboys upcoming game with the New York Giants. Earlier in the week Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told the press that left tackle Tyron Smith would not play. He aggravated the ankle injury that kept him out for three games and as such he will not be able to go this week. The good news is that Jerry Jones said it shouldn’t be a long-term thing and shouldn’t require any kind of surgery. The Cowboys did not place him on IR which is also a positive sign.
Tony Pollard was also absent from practice. Earlier today, McCarthy said that Pollard would participate, but that turned out to not be the case. His status for this week’s game will remain a mystery for now.
Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (foot) and LT Tyron Smith (ankle) were team’s only players not to practice today during a lighter session. Mike McCarthy indicated Pollard would participate, but he didn’t join teammates after all. All other players on active roster were full participants.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 15, 2021
Fortunately, Ezekiel Elliott came out of the Washington game without a setback and is ready to go. He will be wearing a knee brace this week like he did in that Washington game. Elliott had one of his strongest games in a while last week, which is also a positive sign.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) to be a full participant in practice today. He would be even if it wasn't a lighter practice, coach Mike McCarthy said. Elliott came out of Sunday's game without setback, playing while wearing a knee brace for first time this season.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 15, 2021
The Cowboys designated safety Donovan Wilson to return from IR after shoulder/chest injury sidelined him. They also signed defensive tackle Justin Hamilton to the practice squad after releasing him last week.
The full injury report.