Tyron Smith’s back “feeling great right now”

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Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith missed three full games and parts of two others with a back injury last season and the Cowboys missed him a lot when he wasn’t in the lineup.

His absence was missed the most in back-to-back games to the Falcons and Eagles that saw Dak Prescott get sacked 12 times in losses that loomed large when the 9-7 Cowboys wound up missing the postseason. It’s the second straight year that Smith has dealt with back issues and he said Saturday that he started doing rehab work earlier this offseason in hopes of avoiding more problems in the future.

That approach has been working so far.

“I’m feeling great now,” Smith said, via the team’s website. “Actually, I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a while. I’ve taken this offseason to get back into it a little early and try to take care of my body a little more. I’m just doing the little small [rehab] things and I just feel awesome right now.”

There are several things that would aid the Cowboys offense in 2018, including having Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup for a full season. A healthy year for Smith is right at the top of the list as well, so people in Dallas will be hoping these early results foretell good things for the months to come.

10 responses to “Tyron Smith’s back “feeling great right now”

  1. That is great news; however, will our fine bunch of coaches have a capable backup for him, if he does get injured? Last season was absolutely ludicrous, that there was no capable backup, and that falls on the coaches….smh… I can say the same for Sean Lee 😦 Dak was sacked 6 times in one game by the same player, before they made ANY kind of adjustment!!! Claiborn made his 1/2 Mil incentive in that one game…pretty sad!!!! I hope Garrett’s and Linehan’s seat, is as hot as a fireplace in Hell, frankly!!!!

  2. Brenda, wouldn’t you think that falls more on the owner/ gm? You need to have depth. I can’t stand garrett and I think he’s garbage, but you can’t expect the coaches to work miracles with scrub backups.

  3. I am kind of worried that his back will not hold up to all the physical rigors of an NFL season & maybe he should have had the back surgically repaired instead of just rehabbing it, i hope i am wrong.

    When he is healthy he is the best left tackle in pro football bar none and he is only 27 years old. Hopefully the free agents that were signed and maybe a draft pick or two will put the Cowboys online back as one of the best in the NFL.

  4. Any of you guys ever had a bad back ? Rest it snd it feels awesome after awhile. Get bent backwards that first time and you’re right back to square one. Love smith, he’s a great player but as a guy with back issues i’ll take the 4 knee cuts i’ve had anyday. I was consistently amazed how charles haley was able to do it his last season in dallas. Excruciating when it acts up

  5. If Tyron Smith ends up ending his career early over back issues, it will be one of the biggest tragedies to happen to a star Cowboys player, IMO. They drafted that guy when he was 20 years old, and all signs pointed to this guy having a 15+ year All-Pro career. It’s weird to think how he’s already 7 years into his career now (which again is supposed to be less than half-way over for his position) and he’s still just 27 years old.

    I’m pulling for him just because it’s hard not to. He’s a good kid and a great left tackle. Hope he gets to put in another 8 or 9 years like we all originally hoped.

  6. smilesaustin says:
    April 8, 2018 at 12:55 pm
    If Tyron Smith ends up ending his career early over back issues, it will be one of the biggest tragedies to happen to a star Cowboys player, IMO….

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    I HATE the Cowboys but give props whenever they’re due. You might be right but I would put Erik Williams’ shortened career up there too. Williams was the only guy that I ever saw consistently neutralize the late, GREAT Reggie White. Williams was the only guy that White couldn’t bull rush to the QB. The only gut I ever saw Williams struggle with was Lawrence Taylor. Williams had good speed for a big guy but LT generally won this battles.

  7. ” Last season was absolutely ludicrous, that there was no capable backup, and that falls on the coaches….smh…”

    Actually that would be the GM’s fault, not the coaching staff. The coaches can only work with the players Jerry gives them. Maybe I’m wrong but I get the impression they don’t have as much input to draft and free agency as coaches do on at least some of the other teams.

  8. Back issues rarely just disappear, especially in a physically demanding job. He is the best at his position, but when he missed time last year, it was just another convenient excuse for cowboys fans…

  9. Tyron’s back issues are not structural and very manageable. Im sure Tyron has been working hard to shed some weight and strengthen his core to get his ‘balance’. He still the most dominant LT in the league and him being in better shape and closer to the guy who had a six pack as a rookie will help him maintain well physically as the season progresses.

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