Jerry Jones on Tyron Smith: ‘As I see it right now, he’s going to play on Sunday’
The Dallas Cowboys They are ready to visit Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday and when they do they’ll be licking their wounds a bit. Against Sunday’s win Houston Texans it was costly as a few Cowboys players were injured. Among them, worth mentioning, the direct painting Terence Steele tore his ACL and MCL which means he will miss the rest of the season.
So far this season, the Cowboys have been without one of the starting quarterbacks they already envisioned when they projected this roster in the offseason. Tyron Smith suffered a hamstring injury before the start of the regular season and has been sidelined ever since.
The Cowboys opened Smith’s 21-day practice window last week and it looks like they could take the next step with him this week. He made a radio appearance on Tuesday 105.3 Fan. Team owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones said the way he sees things now, Smith will play Sunday.
Jerry Jones to Tyron Smith of 105.3 The Fan: “As far as I can see right now, he’s going to play on Sunday,” the owner said. I wouldn’t say Smith would start, but expect to get snaps against Jacksonville.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) December 13, 2022
Per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Jerry’s statement doesn’t necessarily mean Smith will start at left tackle. It makes sense for the team to slowly return to full action, even if they are somewhat limited in physical abilities with Steele’s injury.
If the Cowboys choose to rotate Smith, they may see a number of offensive line combinations against the Jaguars, especially given the possibility of Dallas rotating at right tackle, even after Steele’s injury.
Possible offensive line combinations at different times this week (left to right)
- Tyler Smith, Connor McGovern, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Josh Ball
- Tyler Smith, Connor McGovern, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Jason Peters
- Tyron Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Josh Ball
- Tyron Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Jason Peters
The Cowboys are looking beyond the regular season and need to make sure they are prepared from an offensive line perspective. That’s not to say that winning these games doesn’t remain a major focus, the Cowboys are technically still in contention for the NFC East and potentially the top seed in the conference, they just need help to make it manageable. destiny
One player who will not play against Jacksonville on Sunday is Johnathan Hankins. He strained his pectoral muscle against the Texans and Jerry tells us it’s unlikely we’ll see him before the playoffs.
to Jerry Jones @1053thefan Cowboys DT Johnathan Hankins’ pec strain: “You can watch Johnathan for the playoffs. He won’t be back until then.”
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) December 13, 2022
Hankins has helped the Cowboys tremendously in the run defense, and will be needed in the playoffs. The Cowboys will be cautious here.
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