Tyron Smith’s status, how McCarthy teams historically respond to beatdowns

Sometimes “the next man up” isn’t quite able to fill the previous man’s shoes. Sunday’s abysmal loss to Denver showed just how vital Tyron Smith is to the Cowboys offensive line; the team’s plan to slide La’el Collins and Terence Steele around to cover for him didn’t work. On Tuesday, the team owner shared a status update on Smith’s availability for Week 10. This comes as it also looks like the team will be without its regular kicker.

Elsewhere, looking back at how Mike McCarthy-led teams tend to bounce back after getting routed, a look at which Cowboys defender (surprisingly) earned the best grade on the team from PFF, and we’re handing out the kind of report cards for Week 9 that no one wanted to show to Mom. All that, plus fixing the Cowboys’ issues, updated power rankings, a Dallas playmaker is making the holiday season brighter for local families, and is Coach Prime coming to a major program? That and more in News and Notes…

Jerry Jones speaks on Tyron Smith’s availability vs. Falcons :: 105.3 The Fan

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Tyron Smith was missed on Sunday, and the reshuffled offensive line had trouble all day with the Broncos’ defense. According to the Cowboys owner, Smith may not be back for for this week’s tilt against Atlanta, either. “We’ll see,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ. “It’ll be dictated by the amount of pain he can withstand. There’s not a lot you can do other than rest it or try it.”

Cowboys place Greg Zuerlein on COVID list, to work out Brett Maher :: Cowboys Wire

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The availability of the Cowboys kicker is up in the air for Sunday’s game, dependent on whether he received a positive COVID test or was simply deemed a close contact. The team nevertheless scheduled emergency Wednesday workouts for former Cowboys kicker Brett Maher and Lirim Hajrullahu, who spent time in camp with Dallas this offseason.

Mike McCarthy-led teams have generally responded from double-digit losses rather well :: Blogging the Boys

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