Cowboys LT Tyron Smith Suffers Knee Fracture

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith
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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.

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9 comments, Last at 26 Aug 2022, 11:56pm

#1 by dmb // Aug 25, 2022 - 7:35am

Early nominee for quote of the year from McGovern!

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#2 by ImNewAroundThe… // Aug 25, 2022 - 10:23am

But suffered later and expected to come back sooner perhaps? 

Next up: also Ty. Smith at LT

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#3 by Aaron Brooks G… // Aug 25, 2022 - 11:36am

This is when a tendon or ligament tears bone away from the main bone of the knee

There are four bones of the greater knee -- the femur, the patella (kneecap), the tibia, and the fibula. The hamstring does not attach to the femur or the patella, so it's likely not those. I assume this is a distal hamstring avulsion of either the tibia (big lower leg bone) or the fibula (smaller lower leg bone). Which one depends on which of the three muscles of the hamstring was involved.

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#4 by theslothook // Aug 25, 2022 - 11:42am

Is this injury purely a freak occurrence or is there something about the offseason that has contributed to this. I also wonder if injuries follow a standard survival curve by week or if instead injuries are rampant early as players are getting used to the speed and violence of the game?

I have this data but I'd rather be lazy and see if anyone has done this analysis already. 

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#8 by BroncosGuyAgain // Aug 26, 2022 - 11:54pm

go ahead and publish the data and let others do the analysis.

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#5 by Romodini // Aug 25, 2022 - 1:32pm

With Smith's injury history, every Cowboys fan knew this was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. Despite this, Jerry and Co. have refused to add a legitimate swing tackle all season. The supposed LT of the future, Tyler Smith, has not had any real practice at tackle during camp and was being trained at guard. The current backup tackles are liable to get Dak killed.

Maybe they really are sabotaging McCarthy for Peyton. 

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#7 by Romodini // Aug 25, 2022 - 3:05pm

You never know, the Cowboys are America's best reality TV show and Manning seems to get a kick out of doing them

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#9 by BroncosGuyAgain // Aug 26, 2022 - 11:56pm

Conner McGovern, it turns out, cannot consistently interpret grunts.

Or block.


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