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Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Takes Hit with Tyron Smith Injury

Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line Takes Hit with Tyron Smith Injury
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The Dallas Cowboys are the sports betting favorites in the NFC East, but the team’s chances for success this season took a hit with the latest Tyron Smith news. 

ESPN is reporting the Dallas left tackle suffered a torn left hamstring during Wednesday’s practice, which could sideline the eight-time pro bowler for numerous months.  

Smith was injured on a running play as he engaged with linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. After falling to the ground, Smith was able to get up and walk off the field on his own power. Initial tests showed the ACL in his left knee was still intact. According to ESPN, more reviews and tests are scheduled for Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.  

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The team will now have to shuffle its offensive line to protect Dak Prescott’s blind side. Dallas drafted Tyler Smith in the first round to be their future left tackle, but he’s been working at left guard this training camp. He’s also been dealing with an ankle injury over the past week.  

Josh Ball, a fourth-round pick last year, has taken first-team reps at left tackle when Smith took breaks. But Ball lacks experience after not playing last year due to an ankle injury.  

As if Smith’s injury doesn’t hurt enough on the left side of the line, Dallas is working in a new right tackle with Terence Steele, who is replacing La’el Collins.  

Smith is the longest tenured Cowboy but has dealt with injuries recently in his career. He has not played a full season since 2015 due to various knee, ankle, neck and elbow ailments. Smith did not play in 14 games in 2020 because of neck surgery and missed six games last year because of time on the COVID list and an ankle injury.  

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Dallas Cowboys Odds 

At DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cowboys remain slight favorites to win the NFC East at +140. The Philadelphia Eagles have the second-best odds at +160, while the Washington Commanders (+500) and New York Giants (+800) are the longshots.  

DraftKings also lists the Cowboys at +900 to win the NFC and +2000 to secure the Super Bowl. Even with Smith’s injury, DraftKings projects a postseason run for Dallas. The Cowboys are –225 to make the playoffs and +175 to miss out.  

Dallas’ regular-season over-under win total is set at 10 (-110).  

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