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Andrew Whitworth says Cowboys reached out after Tyron Smiths injury

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated Thursday that first-round draft choice Tyler Smith are certain to get the initial crack at replacing left tackle Tyron Smith. Tyron Smith will undergo surgery Friday to correct an avulsion fracture of his left knee after being injured in Wednesdays practice.

But retired Bengals and Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth said he heard from the Cowboys on Thursday to gauge his fascination with a go back to the NFL.

Whitworth, who’s on Amazons broadcast crew for Thursday Night Football, was interviewed by sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung through the Texans-49ers preseason game. Hartung asked Whitworth if his phone has been ringing with NFL job offers.

It has, Whitworth said. After all, obviously, theres been some things with the Cowboys and losing Tyron Smith. Its just a horrible deal. This type of great player, and a man Ive always loved watching play. Its been a busy day of answering calls. The thing is theyre calling and texting the incorrect person. They have to be texting and calling Melissa Whitworth and the youngsters, since they have final approval on whether Im ever likely to play football again.

Whitworth, 40, played 16 seasons, the ultimate five with the Rams. He retired following the Rams won Super Bowl LVI in February.

Tyler Smith has spent training camp at left guard, competing with Connor McGovern for the starting job, but he was a three-year starter at left tackle in college.

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