Dak Prescott‘s blindside blocker is on track to return this Sunday.
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) is “on track to play” this Sunday vs. the Browns, head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters on Friday morning.
“He did everything yesterday,” McCarthy added. “I think we’re definitely heading in the direction of him playing on Sunday.”
Smith was a limited participant in practice on Thursday, which was the first time the ten-year veteran saw the practice field in over two weeks. Smith has missed the last two games due to a neck injury that popped up just ahead of Week 2.
The Cowboys offense has fared rather well in the absence of Smith. Allowing just six sacks in three games so far, the Cowboys have produced the NFL’s No. 1 offense at 490.7 yards per game. The Cowboys rank eighth in points per game with a 29.3 average.
Despite their efficient offense, the Cowboys are 1-2 thanks to a defense that has also dealt with its share of injuries. DeMarcus Lawrence (knee) has yet to practice this week and his status for Sunday’s game against the Browns is up in the air, but McCarthy said he “anticipates” the pass rusher to play.
Here’s other news, injuries and transactions we’re tracking on Friday:
- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) will be out for his third consecutive game, NFL Network Tom Pelissero reported, but the team’s injury woes won’t end there this week against the Lions. Tight end Jared Cook (groin) and guard Andrus Peat (ankle) will also be missing on offense while on the defensive side, defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow/toe) and cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) and Marcus Lattimore (hamstring) have also been ruled out.
- Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (groin) and rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee) will not play this Sunday in Miami, head coach Pete Carroll revealed on his radio show Friday morning. As for Chris Carson (knee), Carroll said the running back had an “excellent week” of practice coming off last Sunday’s game where he exited with what looked to be a serious knee injury.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (hamstring) and running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) have been ruled out for this Sunday against the Chargers, NFL Network’s James Palmer reports.
- Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (ribs/chest) has been ruled out again for this week, which gives rookie Justin Herbert his third consecutive start. Wide receiver Mike Williams (hamstring), tackjle Bryan Bulaga (back) and guard Trai Turner (groin) are also shelved for Sunday’s road trip to Tampa Bay.
- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard will miss at least a month after having core muscle surgery this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Fellow wideout Davante Adams (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice on Friday as he aims to return. Pelissero reported that the Packers have brought in kickerChandler Catanzaro for a tryout.
- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham (back) was a full participant on practice Friday and is “good to go” Sunday vs. the Cowboys, per coach Kevin Stefanski. Running back Kareem Hunt (groin) was a limited participant in practice and his status is officially questionable.
- Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has officially ruled out defensive end Chase Young (groin) for Sunday, saying the pass rusher is “day-to-day” going forward. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin (thigh) popped up on the injury report and is questionable vs. the Ravens.
- The Chicago Bears are expected to sign veteran running back Lamar Miller to the practice squad, per Pelissero via an informed source.
- Carolina Panthers guard Dennis Daley (ankle) and tackle Russell Okung (groin) are both questionable for Sunday vs. the Cardinals.
- New York Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters Friday that quarterback Sam Darnold could miss time with a shoulder injury he sustained and played through in Thursday night’s loss to the Broncos.
- New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers (ankle) has been officially ruled out vs. the Rams. The Giants have signed cornerback Sean Chandler off their practice squad and terminated the contract of tight end Eric Tomlinson, who is expected to be signed to the practice squad.
- Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said Friday that cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (illness) is set to return to action this week after missing the last two games.
- Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (illness) practiced in full on Friday and is set to return to action this Sunday after missing last Thursday’s game.
- The Arizona Cardinals announced they have agreed to a two-year contract extension with offensive lineman Justin Murray. Rapoport reports the deal is worth a maximum of $9 million for the former undrafted free agent.
- Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones (groin/Achilles) is officially listed as doubtful and is trending toward missing his second consecutive game. Backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was listed as questionable with an illness.
- Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (toe), who missed last week’s game, is listed as questionable for Sunday against the Raiders. Defensive end Mario Addison (knee) is also questionable.
- Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) is questionable against the Patriots.
- Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (neck) has been ruled out against the Texans.
- Tennessee Titans wide receivers Adam Humphries and Cameron Batson have been placed on the reserve/COVID list.
- The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive end Breeland Speaks to their practice squad while promoting cornerback Dallin Leavitt from the practice squad to the active roster, Pelissero reported.