According to Brandon George from the Dallas Morning News, All-Pro Left Tackle, Tyron Smith will not practice for an "extended stretch" related to soreness in his back.
The Cowboys are shutting down Tyron Smith for another extended stretch because of sore back, meaning he'll practice twice in 14-day stretch.
While injuries are a part of the NFL, one can't help but be a little distressed that the anchor of the offensive line--especially in pass protection--will miss another stretch of practice.
For Tyron Smith, his back has become a lingering issue.
In 2016, it caused him to miss starts against the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. Having already sat out extended portions of practice time, it looks like Smith is going to miss more time as well.
Prior to the 2016 season, Smith had only sat out one game from 2011-2015. Now having missed two at the beginning of last year and missing practice time, this is definitely concerning.
As Kevin Brady discussed just the other day, the offensive line may have some depth issues.
Chaz Green is trying to work his way back from a shoulder injury, leaving Byron Bell and Emmett Cleary as the most experienced tackles on the roster.
More than likely this is precautionary for their star tackle, but back issues tend to linger. As someone who's "real job" is in the medical field, I've taken care of a lot of patients with bad backs, and they never really get better; just managed.
This likely means that Tyron Smith won't play this week against the Los Angeles Rams.
The only part of this that matters is getting Smith and whoever starts at left guard on the same page in some game situations. Chemistry is very important to an offensive line. They need time together to learn each other.
There is still a long way to go until week one versus the New York Giants, which is certainly the priority. Resting Tyron Smith now is essential to starting the season on the right foot. Missing time in August is much more manageable than missing time in September.
For Tyron Smith and the Dallas Cowboys, hopefully that's all the time he'll miss.
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal
At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.
The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.
Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.
Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.
A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.
Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
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