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    McCarthy Provides Injury Updates & Availability for 3 Key Players

    The continue their this week with joint practices and a game against the on Saturday night. provided updates last night on key players who could be returning to action this week, plus another who may have to miss some time.

    McCarthy was optimistic that backup QB candidate Will Grier will be able to return to practice after a minor groin suffered last week in Denver. He also confirmed that veteran OT Tyron Smith should be back on the field this week after an ankle issue that cropped up in the practices against the Broncos.

    On the other side of things, defensive leader Jayron Kearse will be held out this week with some tightness in his back.

    Getting Grier back in action is probably the biggest news for Cowboys fans, especially regarding the next preseason game. The poor play from last Saturday in Denver has only heightened concerns about QB2 and put increased attention on Grier as the potential solution.

    Still, any hype around Grier is purely speculative at this point. We've yet to see him throw a pass as a Cowboy in a live game. Hopefully, that changes in Los Angeles.

    Getting Tyron Smith back is never a bad thing but still doesn't solve the lingering question about his backup. Josh Ball arguably had the worst night of anyone in Denver and the Cowboys have to start assessing other options fast.

    While Jayron Kearse will be missed it does open the door for safety prospects like , , and to get more work against the first-team . It will be interesting to track who gets those opportunities this week and in the next game, perhaps indicating where these players currently rank in the coaches' minds.

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    Lawrence C. Baker

    Surprise, Surprise! Tyron Smith hurt again! Would hate to see him working a job where he had to be able to move around constantly. A job like Fire Fighter or Law Enforcement. Somebody would perish everyday on his watch. All because he got hurt again. He may be the best Tackle they have, but he damned sure ain’t the most available! As soon as he gets injured during the regular season, and he will, they need to waive his big ass! So tired of Tyron Smith!!!!

    David Hathaway

    Be careful what you wish for! Tyron Smith when available far out weighs your Josh Ball’s that are left to take his place!
    Do you remember Chaz Green filling in for Tyron in 2017 against the Falcons

    Slick

    You sound like a damn idiot comparing a 11 year NFL veterans health and to a firefighter and a policeman’s. Are the firefighters and policemen in collision’s that some say are like being in a car wreck? NO….they’re riding around eating donuts or chillin in the firehouse

    Cowboy Fan Ed

    Hey Slick I take offense to your statement about law-enforcement and firefighters! Obviously you don’t know what you’re talking about and the one that sounds like an idiot is simply you!! I don’t like to name call unless I can look a man in the face and say it! It takes a coward to set back and call people names hiding behind a keyboard ! I retired as a professional firefighter and yes it’s true there are slow times at the firehouse but when your inside a burning structure at 3 am trying to pull somebody out to safety not knowing if you or them will make it out alive kinda makes the slow times not so slow! As for a police officer trying to do his job with thugs from all walks of life watching his or her every move just to try to bring some type of charge against them so they can get some type of settlement instead of working for a living gets a little old! Why don’t you step up and try one of these professions? People like you remind me of the kids in high school that make fun of their schools football team for not winning while not having the guts to step out on the field and try to help them win!

    VAM

    Tyron has been a great player, no doubt; however, the injuries just keep on coming. Best case scenario, the injuries can be minimized this year (with no major ones) and he can play a good percentage of snaps. Would make a big difference to the overall performance of the Oline, especially with a rookie supposedly starting next to him.