FRISCO - Fans of the Dallas Cowboys have grown accustomed to seeing future Hall-of-Famer Tyron Smith play "football warrior'' every week, and he'd grown accustomed to part of the bargain.
A nagging series of back and neck problems.
"It's been a while since I've felt this good," Smith said to the media after Thursday's practice. "I don't know if you guys saw, but I usually have the huge Cowboy neck roll on. I finally took that off. The neck's feeling normal now."
In 2021? "The goal,'' said Smith, who is coming off 2020 season-ending neck surgery, "(is) I'm going to do my best to play all 17 games. And I will do it."
The Cowboys on Friday continue their prep for next Thursday's season-opener at the Tampa Bay Bucs. Smith will be a central figure there. So will an assortment of other Dallas players who have either worked or are working to get healthy for Week 1.
Dak on 5-1 Cowboys: ‘We Know We’re For Real’
"Life keeps throwing punches, and I'm going to keep throwing them back," says Prescott. “I'll be fine.”
Cowboys Are So Good ... They Should Make NFL Trade
The bye weeks comes at a great time for the Cowboys, as they can decide if there's a trade that can enhance their Super Bowl chances
Cowboys BREAKING: Dak Injured on Game-Winning Play in OT
On a funky Foxboro afternoon full of surprising stats, dramatic plays and head-spinning lead changes, the Cowboys survive in overtime. Our Top 10 observations on a scintillating game deserving of about 100 ...
The Friday morning update here at The Star from coach Mike McCarthy is largely about the other tackle, as McCarthy found himself talking about Ty Nsekhe as the top option to play at right tackle if La’el Collins can’t go. Collins (stinger) is again not practicing, and by the way, the Cowboys kicking Zack Martin out to right tackle.is not an especially welcome idea to this Martin staff.
Also, safety Donovan Wilson (groin) is sidelined. And guard Connor Williams, coming out of COVID protocol, is working on the side.
Happily, Smith - sidelined for the final 14 games of the 2020 season - is not on that list. And that old protective neck roll? It's gone, too.
"You can throw that thing away," Tyron said. "I don't want memories of that thing."