The Cowboys have taken some hits in the offensive line.
Left guard La’el Collins went on injured reserve Wednesday with a torn ligament in his right big toe that required surgery Tuesday. All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith has missed the past two game with a bulging disc in his back. Smith’s backup, Chaz Green, hurt his foot in the game Sunday and missed practice Wednesday.
The Cowboys, though, did get Smith back to practice on a limited basis. He worked in individual drills.
“I feel better, much better than last week,” Smith said.
Doug Free has played left tackle and Emmett Clary, who signed last week, started 12 games at left tackle as a senior at Boston College in 2012.
“All hands are on deck on the offensive line,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Doug Free has been a guy who’s been able to play both sides. Zack Martin can play out there. Emmett Cleary is a guy who is an option for us as we go. Again, we’ll take those guys situations day by day, and hopefully as the week progresses we’ll get better and better.”
Smith’s return to practice was a good sign for the Cowboys. It also worked out for them that they didn’t trade Ron Leary in the offseason.
Leary, who has started 37 career games, has stepped right in for Collins.
“The nice thing is Ron has been in there a bunch,” right guard Zack Martin said. “We don’t really look at him as a backup. He’s another starter. He came in like he never left. Played great. Obviously Chaz has been doing a great job for us. We prepare the right way, and we’re prepared when our number is called.”