Injuries to the offensive line have been an issue in 2020 for the Dallas Cowboys and that’s putting it mildly. La’el Collins never played a snap in 2020 and Tyron Smith was lost for the season early in the year. Zack Martin’s missed time and so has week one starter Joe Looney, who will be back in the starting lineup with Tyler Biadasz heading to injured reserve on Saturday.
With all of the turmoil the offensive line has dealt with this season, they finally got a piece of good news this week. Brandon Knight has been activated off of IR after he spent time practicing with the team earlier this week.
Cowboys as healthy at offensive tackle as they’ll be this season. Brandon Knight (knee) activated off injured reserve. He resumed practice on Wednesday.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 21, 2020
Brandon Knight had been an important piece to an injury-depleted offensive line where he has had to fill in for both Tyron Smith and La’el Collins at times. Though he fared better playing on the right side of the offensive line, the Cowboys could look to work him back on either side. When Knight is fully up to speed, it stands to reason that he’d replace Terrance Steele at right tackle.
While Knight has only played in five games this season, he’s still played the fifth-most snaps of any offensive linemen for the Dallas Cowboys. That goes to show just how battered this unit has been in the 2020 season.
As the Cowboys look to get back on the winning track against the Minnesota Vikings, they need to figure out their best offensive line combination moving forward. For Andy Dalton’s and Ezekiel Elliott’s sake.
The offensive line has predictably struggled this year, so getting a guy like Brandon Knight back that could upgrade one of the more important spots on the offensive line is huge. The Cowboys need to reinsert him into the starting lineup moving forward.