The Dallas Cowboys are revealing some stunning information on the subject of the harm standing of one in all their high gamers.
Left sort out Tyron Smith — who has been sidelined because the preseason as a result of a torn hamstring — is anticipated to be again before initially anticipated. During an interview with 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones revealed that the eight-time Pro Bowler is anticipated to be again in three or 4 weeks.
“He’s three or four weeks out,” Jones mentioned on Monday, October 31, per the official group web site. “(But) we haven’t had that discussion.”
Cowboys Miss Smith’s Elite Level of Play
That projected timeline would have Smith returning both in opposition to the New York Giants on Thanksgiving on Nov. 24 or on Dec. 4 in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts.
Since Smith’s harm, the Cowboys have rolled with Connor McGovern at left guard and rookie Tyler Smith at left sort out. Despite Smith’s absence, Dallas’ offensive line has been respectable with McGovern and Smith defending Dak Prescott’s blindside.
The Cowboys rank sixteenth in run protection grade and nineteenth in move-blocking grade, in line with Pro Football Focus.
As famous by PFF, Smith has produced a 63.4 offensive grade (ranked 52nd amongst 79 certified tackles), whereas McGovern has put up an underwhelming 48.5 offensive grade (ranked sixty fourth amongst 79 certified guards).
By comparability, the eight-time Pro Bowler produced an elite-stage 91.4 offensive grade final season, the second-highest of his profession. In truth, that grade was the second-finest grade amongst all tackles.
In different phrases, Smith and McGovern have completed sufficient to carry Dallas’ offensive line collectively in Smith’s absence. However, neither participant comes to shut to reaching the elite stage play of the 31-12 months-outdated veteran sort out.
Jones refused to decide to a concrete offensive line mixture with Smith nonetheless a number of weeks away from returning.
“We’ve been so focused week to week and game to game – getting these guys better as a unit,” Jones mentioned. “As that point nears, I’m positive (head coach Mike McCarthy) (offensive coordinator Kellen Moore), (offensive line coach) Joe Philbin and that group could have some discussions about what provides us one of the best probability to win when Tyron will get again.
While Jones refused to declare the veteran Smith because the beginning left sort out upon his return, he did say that he’s more likely to be again within the beginning lineup as soon as wholesome.
“He’s an All-Pro, Hall of Fame type player and if you’re going to have your best five guys out there, I’m sure he’s one of them,” mentioned Jones.
Jones Stresses Cowboys ‘Go as Zeke Goes’
Despite Tony Pollard’s breakout recreation within the Cowboys’ 49-29 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 8, Dallas stays dedicated to Ezekiel Elliott because the group’s beginning working again.
Following Pollard’s 14-carry, 131-yard, three-landing efficiency, group proprietor Jerry Jones made positive to emphasize his dedication to Elliott. During the postgame presser, Jones remarked that the Cowboys “go as Zeke goes.”
“No, there’s no argument,” Jones mentioned. “Zeke’s ability to punish, Zeke’s ability to deliver it, Zeke’s ability to what he does for us in pass protection and frankly Zeke’s ability to make big plays are there. We’re going to go as Zeke goes. I really mean he’s that integral to our success this year.”
Pollard has confirmed to be extra dynamic than Elliott — 506 yards on 6.2 yards per try in comparison with Elliott’s 443 yards and 4.1 yards per try — however the latter continues to be the workhorse again (109 to 81 carries).
Consider Dallas’ offense runs effectively with Elliott because the go-to again and Pollard because the playmaker, there’s no cause to imagine the Cowboys will change that method shifting ahead.