Cowboys LT Tyron Smith Suffers Knee Fracture
NFL Preseason Week 3 - Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was officially diagnosed with a torn left hamstring, according to reports from ESPN's Todd Archer and Adam Schefter. Smith's injury puts him out indefinitely, potentially missing "multiple months," per the report.
Smith suffered the injury during practice on Wednesday. The injury occurred on a run play, where Smith fell to the ground after minimal contact. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.
"He gave me a nice reassuring grunt like he usually does," said Cowboys guard Connor McGovern, according to Archer. "That's the one thing playing next to him for so long, I can decipher his grunts. I think he's all right."
After a down year in 2020, the two-time All-Pro left tackle returned to form in 2021, allowing just one sack with a 2.2% blown block rate. Losing Smith for an extended period is another blow to a Cowboys offensive line already filling holes. Dallas has already had to deal with losing two starters from last year's line in La'El Collins and Connor Williams.
Smith missed six games last year with a nagging ankle injury suffered in Week 7. In the six games without Smith, Dallas allowed 14 of their 33 sacks and posted an adjusted sack rate of 8.5%.
UPDATE: It gets worse, as Smith apparently suffered an avulsion fracture of the knee rather than just a torn hamstring and he's out until December. This is when a tendon or ligament tears bone away from the main bone of the knee and it is similar to what happened to Mekhi Becton earlier this month.