Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said he expects Smith (neck) to be fully healthy to start the 2021 season, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
The 29-year-old was ruled out for the season due to neck surgery in mid-October, but it appears the early stages of he recovery have been a success. Smith should reclaim his starting role at left tackle for 2021, while Cameron Erving fills in for this season.
The Cowboys placed Smith (neck) on injured reserve Saturday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Smith will undergo neck surgery next week and has been ruled out for the rest of the 2020 season. La'el Collins (hip) has also been ruled out for the season, so Brandon Knight is expected to start at left tackle moving forward while Terence Steele handles the right tackle position.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Smith (neck) is out for the season and will undergo surgery next week, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
McCarthy called Smith's injury "correctable," with the coach noting that the left tackle will "continue the process of going through surgery." In the seven-time Pro Bowler's stead, Brandon Knight is expected to start at the tackle spot opposite Terence Steele. Losing Smith for the remainder of the season is a huge blow for an offensive line that's already without right tackle La'el Collins (hip) for the year. Center Joe Looney (knee) is also set to miss 2-to-3 weeks due to an MCL sprain.
Smith (neck) has suffered a significant injury setback, and the Cowboys fear his absence could extend for the entirety of the season, Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Losing the seven-time Pro Bowler would be a devastating loss to the Cowboys' front, but a long-term approach may be best suited for this instance. "We have to look at (Smith's) best interest for his career," team CEO Stephen Jones said Thursday. "He's been battling this." Smith sat out Weeks 2 and 3 because of neck issues, and he's again been sidelined after playing 100 percent of the offensive snaps during Sunday's loss to the Browns. Brandon Knight will step into the starting rotation at tackle for as long as Smith is on the shelf.
Smith is getting medical opinions after suffering a setback with his neck injury, Mike Garafolo and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.
Smith missed two games in the tail end of the 2018 season with a neck issue, and this year he took a seat Weeks 2 and 3 due to another neck concern. After returning to action this past Sunday against the Browns, he now is a question mark, with one option being shutting him down for the season. As long as Smith is sidelined, Brandon Knight will start at left tackle.
Smith (neck) will take the field Week 4 against the Browns.
Smith will be back in action for the first time since Week 1, providing a major boost to the offensive unit in Dallas. If he is indeed fully healthy, Smith is regarded as one of the league's top linemen and will play a role in clearing more running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott. Arguably more important will be his role in keeping Dak Prescott upright when he drops back to pass, which could allow him a longer look at targets downfield.
Smith (neck), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
After missing the Cowboys' previous two games with the neck issue, Smith was withheld from Wednesday's practice before getting in limited workouts Thursday and Friday. That level of activity looks like it will be enough for Smith to gain clearance to play, but Rapoport notes the Cowboys still have some concerns about how the left tackle might recover from the lingering neck pain coming out of the Week 4 contest. In any case, Smith's return to the lineup means that one of Terence Steele or Brandon Knight will move into a reserve role, with the other starting at the opposite tackle spot.
Smith (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Browns, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Smith elevated to limited participation Thursday and stayed on the field in a similar capacity Friday, so he's trending in the right direction. He could start his first game since Week 1 if he avoids a setback, but if he's inactive, expect Brandon Knight to start at left tackle.
Smith (neck) was limited during Thursday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
The two-time All-Pro suffered the injury during individual drills in practice two weeks ago, and he missed the Cowboys' subsequent matchups against the Falcons and Seahawks as a result. Smith is progressing towards his second start of 2020 after coach Mike McCarthy said that the tackle would take reps during 11-on-11 drills Thursday, his first padded practice work since suffering a stinger in mid-September, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com.
Smith (neck) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith looks like he'll be restricted to individual drills and is listed as a "limited" participant on Wednesday's official injury report, but it's a significant step in the right direction to see him back at practice for the first time since he injured his neck mid-September. After having missed back-to-back contests, the starting left tackle has a shot to retake the field as early as Sunday's game against the Browns.
Smith (neck) may return for the Week 4 game versus the Browns, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Smith was a game-time decision in Weeks 2 and 3 and ultimately sat out those contests, but the coaching staff is encouraged by his progress. If Smith can indeed return, QB Dak Prescott should benefit with more time in the pocket against the Browns' fierce pass rush.
Smith (neck) won't play in Sunday's matchup with Seattle.
Smith came into the game questionable after missing practice Thursday, and the veteran will miss his second straight game. With Smith out, Brandon Knight is expected to draw the start at left tackle.
The Cowboys have officially listed Smith (neck) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith is in danger of missing his second consecutive game. Coach Mike McCarthy indicated a final determination on his status will be made Saturday.
Smith (neck) did not practice Thursday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith, who wasn't able to play Week 2, has now missed back-to-back practices. The starting left tackle's neck injury will need to be "carefully managed over a prolonged period," per Gehlken, a hint that Smith may not be ready in time for Sunday's contest in Seattle. Brandon Knight will draw another start if Smith can't go.
Smith (neck) is listed as inactive Week 2 against the Falcons.
Smith didn't see the practice field this week, so it's not too surprising to see the left tackle sit this one out despite a "questionable" tag. According to Todd Archer of ESPN, Terence Steele or Brandon Knight are the likely options to start in his stead.
Smith (neck) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Smith suffered a neck injury during individual drills, and he expects to have more clarity about the standout left tackle's status Saturday. With La'el Collins (hip) and Cameron Erving (knee) both already on IR, the Cowboys won't have much depth at the tackle position to fall back on if Smith is forced to miss time.
Smith (hamstring) took part in team drills during Friday's practice, David Helman & Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.
The Cowboys had both their starting tackles back with the first-team offense Friday, as La'el Collins (undisclosed) also took part in team drills. Smith is on pace to be ready for Week 1, but various injuries have cost the 29-year-old 12 games over the last four seasons.
Smith (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. "Everything is looking positive right now and moving forward like usual," the tackle said. "It's just a little nick. Getting past it and listening to the trainers."
Smith mostly did individual work on Thursday as he slowly begins to work his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered last week. The training staff will likely exercise caution when dealing with the veteran, so he could be limited in practice for some time yet.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Smith (hamstring) continues to progress from injury, David Helman of the team's official site reports.
Smith continues to miss practice after he exited Thursday's practice early. While it's unclear how long the injury is expected to keep him out, it's good news that Smith could return to the field soon. As of now, it's still too early to think Smith's status for Week 1 is in jeopardy.
Smith (undisclosed) exiting Thursday's practice early and was accompanied by an athletic trainer as he left the field, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
While the team hasn't released details yet regarding the injury, it apparently occurred during the individual drills portion of the practice. The fact that Smith was able to walk off the field under his own power is encouraging, but his history of neck and back issues is not. His exit was likely just precautionary, however, and at this point there's no reason to think Smith's status for Week 1 is in jeopardy.