Report: Tyron Smith not expected to play, but La’el Collins is

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The Cowboys won’t have their entire starting offensive line Sunday, but the news is better than it could be.

Left tackle Tyron Smith is not expected to play against the Packers after injuring his ankle late in last week’s game. But the Cowboys are expecting right tackle La'el Collins in the lineup, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Neither player has practiced this week, but Collins is expected to get some work Friday.

Cam Fleming will start for Smith. He started three games at left tackle for the Cowboys last season when Smith was injured.

“He’s a good player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He has played well. He has played at a high level in this league. He has played at a high level for us. He played a lot of football for us last year. He went in there and played and functioned and handled himself well. He plays the right way. It’s a very important position. The swing tackle position is critical. To the point about not seeing your skill if you don’t have competent tackles in this league, it’s going to be hard to throw the football. He has done a good job for us. We were excited to get him back.”

Left guard Connor Williams has gotten some work at right tackle this week just in case.

“We’re fortunate that he played tackle in college, so he’s relatively experienced there,” Garrett said. “He hasn’t played tackle here at this level, but he’s somewhat comfortable there. I think that’s where it starts. And then, to your point, playing with the guy next to you, communicating with the guy next to you, being comfortable with the adjustments that you need to make to the variety of the looks you’re going to see, playing with decisiveness and conviction when you do get a variety of looks. All those things. It goes back to experience and playing that position time and time again and growing from the different experiences you have.”

The Cowboys should see receiver Michael Gallup (knee) and defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford (hip) back this week. Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods‘ status remains up in the air as he might need another week to return from a sprained knee, according to Archer.

3 responses to “Report: Tyron Smith not expected to play, but La’el Collins is

  1. Tyron Smith is a good player. With him out we might have a chance to stop these guys. Maybe Aaron can play both ways. He’s good at that. Let him do it again.

  2. I think that if the Packers can shut down the running game, they have a great chance at beating the cowboys. Adams or not. That is a huge task. But if they would just let the cornerbacks play and focus on stopping the run, I think they would hold their own with with any team in the league. King Kong and Alexander the Great are too good to not be used in man coverage.

  3. We will see who is active on Sunday for the Pack.

    King and Tony Brown may not play so Josh Jackson and Tramon Williams may be on the outside and in the slot. I have full confidence in both those guys if King can’t go.

    I hope Davante can play, but I also want to give him nearly 3 weeks to fully heal up the toe, which is what he will get if he sits this game and plays vs. Detroit. I really like the depth at WR and it’s time for those boys to step up and show the world what I already know. Even with EQ and Davante out this WR group is still solid. If Davante can’t go Sunday, it may actually be a blessing in disguise and make this team stronger going forward.


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