Good news and bad news for Cowboys: Tyron Smith could play the Raiders, but CeeDee Lamb is in doubt

Good news and bad news for Cowboys: Tyron Smith could play the Raiders, but CeeDee Lamb is in doubt

DALLAS – Ready or not, healthy or not, the Dallas Cowboys host the Las Vegas Raiders this Thursday in the traditional Thanksgiving Game.

The Cowboys, annual hosts of this game, recognize that they have to adjust quickly to their physical and playing conditions, because the NFL will not wait for them and they cannot afford to lose games at home.

The good news for the Texan team on Tuesday, on their only full training day after their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, is that starting left tackle Tyron Smith practiced without restrictions, according to an official report the Cowboys sent to. the league.

Smith has not played in the last three games, one due to an ankle injury and although the team did not confirm his participation against the Raiders until Tuesday night, the signs are positive.

Smith traveled with the rest of the team to Kansas City after limited training on the offensive line, but was ruled out Sunday morning to exercise caution in his recovery.

Smith’s absence has been notable with backup tackle Terence Steele and overall poor performance across the line in the two losses Dallas has suffered in its last three games, including the five sacks that quarterback Dak Prescott suffered against. the Chiefs and what could have been more, in addition to the low 82-yard rushing production in that game.

The starting left guard will be, for the second consecutive week, Connor McGovern, who since the game against the Chiefs replaced Connor Williams, the player with the most penalties committed in the entire NFL.

CeeDee Lamb, still in doubt

The Cowboys said they did not know if receiver CeeDee Lamb will be able to play against the Raiders, since he still has to overcome the protocol of concussions after suffering one in the duel in Kansas City.

Lamb hit his head when he fell onto the grass late in the second quarter while contesting a ball in the end zone.

Coach MIke McCarthy said they are optimistic they will be able to count on Lamb, who participated in all meetings and video sessions on Monday and Tuesday, however, as a rule, he cannot train on the driving range with the rest of his teammates. .

In case Lamb does not play against the Raiders, the Cowboys will not be able to count on their two main receivers, since Amari Cooper is still on the COVID-19 reserve list, in which he was placed since last Friday due to contagion without being vaccinated .

In turn, McCarthy and Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the team, said they did not know the exact date on which their starting defensive ends, DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, will be back in action.

Gregory, who has five sacks this season, suffered a calf injury and hasn’t played in the last three games, while Lawrence has been out since Week 2 with a broken foot.

Both injuries happened in practice.

The two defensive ends are already rehabbing equipped, although separated from the rest of the team in training.


Running back Ezekiel Elliott continues to have discomfort in his right knee, although he denied using the condition as a pretext for the low rushing production that the Cowboys had in Kansas City and assured that he will play against the Raiders.

Linebacker Micah Parsons revealed that he invited the entire team to dinner at his house on Thanksgiving Day and that it will be his mother who will cook for more than 100 people.

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