Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that left handle Tyron Smith will have surgery a week on his throat and is out for the year.
Smith suffered the injury in a clinic after Dallas’ season opener and missed the following two games. He returned to last Sunday’s loss to the Browns and played with every snap.
The Cowboys haven’t had appropriate handle La’el Collins all season, and he’d season-ending hip surgery on Wednesday.
Smith has missed matches in each of the previous five seasons, coping with spine, hamstring, knee, and knee injuries along with the throat injury.
Brandon Knight began in Weeks 3 and 2 for Smith from the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, however, he took over a week at right tackle after undrafted rookie Terence Steele struggled. Knight could return to left tackle, together with Cameron Erving, who’s qualified to reunite off injured reserve this week, also Steele fighting to the right tackle spot.
The Cowboys added veteran Jordan Mills into the practice squad late last week. He’s 84 career begins at the right tackle.