Dallas Cowboys’ Tyron Smith going through surgical procedure for torn hamstring, doable December return, sources say

FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Cowboys left sort out Tyron Smith is unlikely to return earlier than December after his left hamstring tore and got here off the bone throughout Wednesday’s apply, sources informed ESPN on Thursday.

Smith is scheduled to have surgical procedure on Friday, a supply informed ESPN.

“It’s a big disappointment, none more so than for Tyron himself,” Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones stated Thursday. “… Immediately that battle cry is ‘let’s get it done early in the season,’ because when Tyron gets back, we’ll be that much stronger.

“We would like it pushed up there the place we’re within the lead. Once we get there wholesome, we will make that run within the playoffs. This does not diminish that hope”

Smith was hurt on a running play and went to the ground as he went to make a block on linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. He was able to walk to the locker room without any help, and the initial tests indicated the ACL in his left knee was intact.

Smith was spotted leaving the locker room after practice and did not appear to be limping.

The loss of Smith, an eight-time Pro Bowler and protector of Dak Prescott’s blind side, creates a gaping hole on an offensive line that was already dealing with questions before the Sept. 11 opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“The time-frame is an element, however we’ll step up there and make do,” Jones told ESPN after his First Take appearance. “We’ll line up towards them, I will inform you that, and never default.”

Dallas drafted Tyler Smith in the first round to be the left tackle of the future and has used him exclusively at left guard during training camp and the first two preseason games. He is also dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of the past two practices.

“Hey, Tyler Smith. He’ll be an vital a part of this puzzle, our No. 1 draft choose,” Jones said. “… We’ll put some folks within the fireplace that can get reps that we have not deliberate on. That is the key to the offensive line, is to have the reps, get the repetition. It’s that sort of place. It’ll give some folks some reps. We have to determine a method for our talent gamers to take up the slack and that protection to take the slack up.”

The Cowboys have played Josh Ball, who was selected in the fourth round last year but did not play as a rookie because of an ankle injury, at left tackle with the first team when Smith has taken breaks. They also drafted Matt Waletzko in the fifth round this year, but he only returned to practice this week after dealing with a shoulder injury for most of training camp.

Coach Mike McCarthy has singled out Aviante Collins’ play during camp, but Collins has not played in a game since 2019. He spent most of last season on Dallas’ practice squad.

The Cowboys could look for veteran help in free agency or via trade to replace Smith. Eric Fisher, the No. 1 pick in 2013, is unsigned after starting 15 games last season for the Indianapolis Colts.

Dallas has more than $20 million in salary-cap space, according to NFL Players Association figures, but a good portion of that is scheduled to be directed to the practice squad and in-season call-ups.

Tyler Smith took snaps at left tackle during organized team activities and minicamp. He started 12 games at left tackle last season at Tulsa and nine in his redshirt freshman season in 2020. The Cowboys like his strength and makeup but wanted him to focus on one position during training camp.

The injury continues a string of injuries in recent years for Tyron Smith, who has not played a full season since 2015 as he has dealt with knee, ankle, neck and elbow injuries. He missed 14 games in 2020 because of neck surgery. He missed six games last season due to an ankle injury and a stint on the COVID list.

“We performed quite a lot of video games with out Tyron,” Jones told ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, “however not as efficiently as we do with him.”

Smith, who’s the longest-tenured Cowboy, turns 32 in December. He’s signed by means of 2023.