Cowboys Get Bad Tyron Smith Injury News to Begin Week 9

The Dallas Cowboys got some bad Tyron Smith injury news to begin Week 9.
The Dallas Cowboys got some bad Tyron Smith injury news to begin Week 9. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys came roaring out of their bye week with a 43-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams last week. There isn't much time to celebrate, however, with a crucial divisional game coming up this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cowboys will need all hands on deck if they want to beat the reigning NFC champs, who lead Dallas by 1.5 games in the NFC East standings. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they may be without a key offensive lineman this week.

Tyron Smith Injury Update

Head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters at Wednesday's media session that left tackle Tyron Smith's status is up in the air for Sunday.

Smith has only appeared in 4 games this season and hasn't played since Week 6 due to a neck injury. He was still unable to suit up in Week 8 despite the Week 7 bye, and his neck injury is apparently still bothering him.

McCarthy said that Smith will not practice on Wednesday but will return to practice in a limited capacity on Thursday. He didn't specify much beyond that or clarify whether Smith would play on Sunday, as the team is in "wait-and-see" mode.

If Smith can't play, Dallas is going to be in deep trouble. Smith's backup Chuma Edoga left Week 8's game with an injury as well. If neither of them can suit up, the Cowboys will be forced to start third-stringer Asim Richards at left tackle.

Against the Eagles' stout defensive front, that would hardly be ideal. Philadelphia would likely be able to put more pressure on Dak Prescott in the pocket and force Tony Pollard to the right, limiting Dallas' offensive capabilities.

Cowboys fans will want to keep an eye on Smith's status this week, as it could wind up having a major impact on the game.

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