Dallas Cowboys Injury No. 3
Tyron Smith, LT
Games Missed: 14
The Dallas Cowboys offensive line was supposed to be the backbone of the team. It was supposed to pave the way for Ezekiel Elliott to pound the ball, and keep the pocket clean for Dak Prescott as he led Team 40-burger. But Tyron’s early struggles to stay healthy put a quick end to that…
Dallas entered the season with arguably the best starting OTs in the league but by the time they hit Week 2, they officially had the worst rated OTs.
Tyron only played in Week 1 and Week 4 before getting shut down for the year with a concerning neck injury. The Cowboys struggled all season in finding a replacement for Smith. Terence Steele, his primary replacement, finished the season ranked 80th of 83 OTs last year. Ouch.
Dallas Cowboys Injury No. 2
La’el Collin, RT
Games Missed: 16
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If Smith’s injury was bad, Collins’ was even worse. Collins missed the entire year with a hip injury making the Dallas Cowboys tackle situation uglier than any of us could have imagined. With both starting tackles out nearly the entire season, Dallas had to go deep into the well to replace them. Especially since swing tackle, Cam Erving, was also injured much of the season.
Brandon Knight filled in for Collins and much like Steele, he struggled mightily. Knight finished the season rated PFF’s 82nd OT (out of 83). Dallas entered the season with arguably the best starting OTs in the league but by the time they hit Week 2, they officially had the worst rated OTs.