Tyron Smith getting another day off, hopes to play Sunday

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Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith‘s back is still tight, and he’s still not practicing.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said his Pro Bowl left tackle would probably practice tomorrow, and the plan is for him to play this week.

The 26-year-old Smith has dealt with back issues in the past, missing two games last year and some training camp time this year.

Garrett said Byron Bell would start at left tackle Sunday against the Packers if Smith is unable to go.

9 responses to “Tyron Smith getting another day off, hopes to play Sunday

  1. This may be the smoking gun behind the perceived decline in the efficacy of the Cowboys O-Line. Consider:
    LT – T. Smith, playing injured.
    LG – C. Green (new), injured; J. Cooper – not as talented as R. Leary
    C – T. Fredrick – Is now “paid”.
    RT – Z. Martin – contract dispute
    RG – L. Collins – Paid in offseason, new to position

    Between injuries, players to to positions, and players who could be coasting after landing a big contract, that may tell you all you need to know. None of them have much to play for anymore.

  2. ipeefreelyagain – Chaz was a full practice participant yesterday and there has never, ever been a “contract dispute” with Zach Martin. He’ll become the highest paid guard in the NFL, when it’s time, and everyone knows it.

  3. ipeefreelyagain says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    None of them have much to play for anymore.

    So… All NFL players under contract and not in a contract year have nothing to play for???

  4. So much for the Cowboys having the Best O Line in the League … They are very good but Overrated. My Jaguars on the other hand don’t have all these names or pro bowls yet they Lead the League in fewest Sacks allowed (3) … WOW … Enough Said … Go Jaguars !!!

  5. The Cowboys made Martin an offer in the offseason, and the two sides couldn’t agree (on MONEY), and the Cowboys tabled discussions until the offseason. Cut to the chase, that’s a dispute over the contract. He may be the highest paid, but obviously that’s not what the Cowboys offered.

    And yes – once a player has landed a big contract, he has nothing to play for. There are many studies on this, it happens all the time. Here are a few Cowboys you might recall disappearing after landing a huge contract:
    Miles Austin, Ken Hamlin, Tyrone Crawford, Dez Bryant, both Roy Williams’, Jay Ratliff. The list goes on, and that’s just Cowboys players. It’s ultimately why the NFL doesn’t have guaranteed contracts to the extent of other leagues. Teams have been burnt time and time again. If I’m a GM, I’m very cautious of a guy who’s production jumps in a contract year (cough DeMarcus Lawrence cough). Past experience tells me, their production will fall off the map afterwards.

  6. Not accepting the very first initial offer for an extension does not a contract dispute make. A contract dispute would be the Aaron Donald situation in L.A, where an actual binding contract is being disputed. Sign an agreement, and it all goes south, that is the makings of a contract dispute. Martin is expected to become the NFL’s highest-paid guard, I’d think north of the five-year, $60 million deal Kevin Zeitler signed with the Browns in March.

  7. But some guy named Emmitt held out the first two games, then got PAID, and lead the team to a SB win as MVP of the game and league, so this “get paid and coast” thing isn’t all you make it out to be…

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