Chaz Green feels even more prepared to start this week than he did last week if Tyron Smith can’t play. The Cowboys list their All-Pro left tackle as questionable with a back injury, but it seems likely Smith will sit out a second consecutive game after missing practice all week.
Green, a second-year veteran from Florida, worked with the first team all week.
“My technique has grown tremendously, just being with those guys, working techniques, getting more focused on it,” Green said. “When you’re going on the scout team as a backup, it’s more reading a card. It’s hard to really work your technique and transfer it over. I think this week has definitely helped me improve in that area.”
Smith was a late scratch last week as his back flared up two days before the game.
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“It’s almost like spasms,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Friday. “I’m not saying it isn’t that technically. But if they can relieve the situation, which is a day-by-day thing. It’s not a structural thing like you’re waiting on a bone to mend. It’s just akin to what I mentioned. Then, I think he could be a lot better Sunday than he is today for instance. We’ll see how it goes. But I don’t have a way to tell you whether he’ll be ready for Sunday or not.”
Green did OK in his first start, although he was called for two penalties. He got a 10-yard holding call in the first quarter and a 15-yard chop block in the fourth.
“I thought I did well,” Green said. “I’ve got to clean up my hand placement in both run and pass pro. But there’s definitely some stuff I can build on.
“It was just great being out there, getting some playing time, getting some live action. It felt great being on the big stage. Looking forward to it again.”
Green, a third-round pick in 2015, missed all of his rookie season after undergoing hip surgery last summer. He returned to practice Nov. 11 but was inactive for the final five games.
“I was a guy on the outskirts, just sort of watching stuff on TV,” Green said. “Now I feel involved, kind of making a name for myself. It’s night and day.”
Green said he is even more prepared for this week’s game than last, having been through a game and a week of practice with the first team.
“I would say so, just getting more reps,” Green said. “Sharpening my sword, working on my craft.”