The Dallas Cowboys returned to work on Tuesday and we are now at the point of training camp where load management (so to speak) is becoming a more common theme. As an example CeeDee Lamb sat out of Monday’s session. Star players have very little to prove and the goal is obviously to keep them healthy first and foremost.
Notably absent on Tuesday was the team’s first-round rookie in Mazi Smith. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero noted that Smith is getting a precautionary MRI on his knee to address tendinitis.
Just mentioned on Inside Training Camp: #Cowboys first-round pick DT Mazi Smith isn’t practicing today here in Oxnard, and a source said he’s getting a precautionary MRI on his knee. Smith has been battling tendinitis in camp.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 8, 2023
There have been fewer Smith highlights than others which has caused some people to panic a bit, but it is insanely early in the process and way too soon to draw any type of real conclusion. Hopefully this MRI helps solve this whole issue.
For what it is worth, Pelissero also noted on the NFL Network broadcast that last year’s first-rounder in Tyler Smith was not practicing either on Tuesday and that his back had tightened up a little bit. Pelissero added that this was not believed to be anything significant.
Update: 6:00pm ET
Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reported on Tuesday afternoon that Mazi is “fine” which means there is no cause for concern.
Cowboys NT Mazi Smith underwent an MRI today after having dealt with knee discomfort in camp. “He’s fine,” a person familiar with the situation said. Good news for the rookie first-round pick.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 8, 2023
This is certainly great to see.