The Dallas Cowboys are getting reinforcements for today’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith will return after sitting out the past two games. The Cowboys have struggled establishing their running game and have given up 12 sacks in Smith’s absence that has coincided with Ezekiel Elliott serving the first two games of a six-game suspension.
Smith has battled back/ groin injuries, but declared himself ready to go earlier this week.
The Cowboys will also get kicker Dan Bailey back. Bailey has missed the past four games with a right groin injury that he sustained during the Week 7 game at San Francisco on Oct. 22.
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Bailey will handle all kicking duties. Mike Nugent remains on the roster, but he is among the inactives today.
Linebacker Anthony Hitchens is also cleared to play after injuring his groin in last week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Hitchens will start at weakside linebacker with Sean Lee still sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Along with Nugent and Lee, the Cowboys inactives include running back Darren McFadden, defensive back Bene Benwikere, linebacker Justin March-Lillard, defensive tackle Daniel Ross and tight end Blake Jarwin.
This marks the second straight game the Cowboys will carry just two running backs (Alfred Morris and Rod Smith) on the active roster. McFadden has been active just once this season even though he called himself “100 percent healthy” earlier this week.