Smith (knee, back) said he is healthy, Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official website reports. "I'm feeling great now," Smith said. "Actually, I feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in a while. I've taken this offseason to get back into it a little early and try to take care of my body a little more. I'm just doing the little small (rehab) things and I just feel awesome right now."
Smith dealt with a nagging back injury the past two seasons, and he also had groin, hip and knee issues in 2017. He sat out three full games and significant parts of two others, with those five contests accounting for 19 of the 32 sacks Dallas allowed all season. The team signed Cameron Fleming and Marcus Martin in March, adding some O-line depth to complement the elite trio of Smith, RG Zack Martin and C Travis Frederick. Smith has a new offseason regiment that he expects will help take pressure off his back and keep him healthy for the upcoming season. He's only missed seven games in seven NFL campaigns, but six of those absences occurred within the past two years. A healthy 2018 season for Smith would be great news for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.
Smith (knee) will not need offseason surgery, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Smith suffered a right knee sprain in Week 16, bringing an end to an injury-filled season. The veteran lineman will not need surgery but will probably take advantage of the extra rest after dealing with back, groin, hip and knee injuries throughout the season. As long as he makes a healthy recovery, Smith should return to his role as starting left tackle in 2018.
Smith (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Smith has battled through injuries to his back, groin and hip since training camp started, so his current knee sprain combined with the Cowboys' elimination from postseason contention is enough reason to shelve Smith for the remainder of the campaign. The Cowboys also sent CB Orlando Scandrick to injured reserve this past week, calling up WR Lance Lenoir and OT Kadeem Edwards to fill the vacant roster spots. Chaz Green will likely fill in at left tackle for Sunday's game against Philly.
Smith (knee) didn't practice Thursday and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Eagles, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was on the field for just three plays before exiting with the right knee injury in the Week 16 loss to the Seahawks, which eliminated the Cowboys from postseason contention. With Smith a spectator for the Cowboys' first two practices of the week, it doesn't appear that Dallas is eager to rush him back to action with little at stake in the season finale against the Eagles. Head coach Jason Garrett said that Smith likely won't go on injured reserve, but inactive status seems to be in the offing for the Pro Bowl left tackle.
Smith (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Smith was unable to return to Sunday's 21-12 loss to the Seahawks after sustaining the knee injury, one of many issues that has afflicted the left tackle this season. With the Week 16 loss officially eliminating the Cowboys from the playoffs, it seems unlikely that the team would want to expose Smith to further injury risk by having him suit up for the season finale against the Eagles.
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