The Dallas Cowboys may be without a key player in their season opener against the New York Giants this Sunday, with offensive lineman Tyler Smith reported to have left practice with a hamstring issue on Monday.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the guard felt “hamstring discomfort during Monday’s session and was unable to continue, likely for precautionary reasons.
Both Gehlken and ESPN’s Todd Archer note that the team’s initial view is that the issue is a minor one. And it’s hoped that the player will be able to return to the practice field on Wednesday as he will get to rest on Tuesday, which is a day off for the Cowboys.
Should he not be able to practice on the day, however, there will be some panic.
Smith, the No. 24 overall pick of last year’s draft, started all 17 games for Dallas in 2022, playing at left guard, as well as left tackle in place of star Tyron Smith.
The Cowboys will boast quite a formidable offensive line if Smith is okay to play in Week 1 as the Giants will have to deal with a group boasting both Smiths, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, and Terrence Steele.
The Cowboys have an option in rookie Asim Richards if Smith remains sidelined.
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