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Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith exited Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury and can undergo an MRI to look for the extent of the disease, in accordance with ESPN’s Todd Archer (h/t Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk).
A concerning video posted to Twitter showed Smith grabbing his knee after barely making connection with another player during practice. He walked off the field alongside trainers.
“He gave me a good, reassuring grunt like he usually does. That is the a very important factor playing close to him for such a long time, I could decipher his grunts. I believe he’s fine,” Cowboys guard Connor McGovern said Wednesday, per Archer.
Archer later reported Smith’s ACL “is intact after initial review,” that is a good sign for the Cowboys as he seems to have avoided a significant injury.
Smith had recently been coping with an ankle ailment come early july he suffered in joint practices with the Denver Broncos the other day.
The eight-time Pro Bowler includes a pretty lengthy injury history and was often not just a full participant in practices through the 2021 campaign due to knee and ankle injuries, along with testing positive for COVID-19.
Smith appeared in 11 games last season and missed time on two separate occasions due to ankle issues.
Through the 2020 campaign, he appeared in only two games due to neck injuries. He hasn’t played a complete season since 2015.
While injuries have slowed him down, he’s still among the best left tackles in the league, having earned eight Pro Bowl selections over his 11-year career, including five to arrive seasons he appeared in 13 games or less.
The depth behind Smith is cause for concern, because the Cowboys opted release a veteran La’el Collins earlier this offseason. Josh Ball, Matt Waletzko and Aviante Collins could possibly be in line to see more playing time if Smith is sidelined.
The Cowboys open the standard season Sept. 11 contrary to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.