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Report: Cowboys LT Tyron Smith Unlikely to Play vs Washington Redskins

As the get set to close out their 2019 regular season against the , even at 7-8, they still have an outside shot to make the . With a win over the Redskins and a loss to the , the Dallas Cowboys will win the East and be the fourth seed in the .

If they're going to hold up their end of the playoff berth bargain, they'll likely have to do so without All-Pro . Jane Slater of is reporting that Tyron Smith will test his back in pregame warmups, but he isn't expected to play.

Earlier this season, Smith had a similar week of practice, where he sat out all week, attempted to give it a go in pregame warmups against the and was held out of the game. Tyron Smith's been dealing with back issues for years now and it's becoming fair to wonder if he'll make it to the end of his current contract.

It's a huge blow for the left side of the Cowboys that will already be without or , who are both already on .

Stepping in for Smith is swing who has played admirably during Smith's absences, but the Redskins will attack the left side of the line repeatedly and will find running difficult when heading that direction.

As they've been for much of the last month, the Dallas Cowboys are in a must-win game. Being in that situation without one of your most important players hasn't gone well for the Cowboys, especially when they've played without Tyron Smith. For the Cowboys to win today against the Redskins, they'll need an excellent game from Fleming and whoever starts at , presumably .

Unfortunately, the is already fighting an uphill battle, even before they take the field.

John Williams
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