This is good news for the Redskins as they get set to play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
Considering how well the Redskins defense played against the Eagles on Sunday, the loss of Smith will affect the game more. Do the Cowboys leave Witten in to max protect on the left side or do they run a two tight end set most of the day to give Parnell help? How will the Redskins attack Parnell? These are a few of the questions surrounding this game because of Smith’s absence.
Most importantly, thank God the Redskins/Cowboys game is back on Thanksgiving Day.
If the Cowboys are going to get above .500 with a win over the Redskins on Thanksgiving, they’re going to have to do it without their best running back and their starting left tackle.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and left tackle Tyron Smith are both expected to miss Thursday’s game, according to the Star-Telegram.
Murray has missed five straight games with a foot injury, and it looks like Thursday will be the sixth. Murray was averaging 4.4 yards a carry, with 330 yards on 75 attempts, before he went down. He’s been replaced in the starting lineup by Felix Jones, who is averaging 3.6 yards a carry, with 321 yards on 88 attempts. Jones is also dealing with an injury, having missed Monday’s practice because of knee pain.
Smith suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s win over the Browns. If he’s out against the Redskins he’ll be replaced by Jermey Parnell, and that would be a significant problem for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who would much rather have Smith protecting his blind side.
- Tyron Smith’s injury concerns Cowboys (espn.go.com)
- Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith doubtful for Redskins game (star-telegram.com)
- Cowboys turn quickly to Redskins, RG3’s visit (times-news.com)
- Cowboys LT Tyron Smith says he’s a gameday decision for Thursday’s game vs. Redskins (cowboysblog.dallasnews.com)