Report: Cowboys Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith out indefinitely with avulsion fracture of the knee

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The Dallas Cowboys had to make it through several games last season without Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. The same will be true this season.

After reports originally said Smith tore his left hamstring in practice on Wednesday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that Smith actually suffered an avulsion fracture of the knee which will likely force him to miss most or all of the 2022 season.

Video of Smith's injury in practice shows him slipping and falling over as he made contact on a run block. He reportedly left the practice field under his own power without a significant limp, but that didn't stop the bad news.

This is a similar injury to the one New York Jets tackle Mekhi Becton suffered earlier this month. The Jets have already ruled out Becton for the season after placing him on injured reserve.

The development is brutal for the Cowboys, who haven't gotten more than 13 regular season games out of Smith since 2015. Smith is set to make $13.5 million this season, the penultimate year of the enormous eight-year, $97.6 million contract he signed in 2014, which has since become a bargain relative to other left tackle salaries.

Even missing six games last season, Smith was still named to his eighth Pro Bowl team.

The offensive line has long been a source of pride for the Cowboys, but attrition, age and now injury could make the unit a liability for the team this season. The team at least invested in the position by using the 24th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith, who has been working mostly as a guard since he was drafted.

The Cowboys' other options to replace Tyron Smith include Josh Ball, Matt Waletzko and Aviante Collins, per ESPN's Todd Archer.

Dallas has one more preseason game on Friday against the Seattle Seahawks before opening its season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 11.

INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) during the NFL preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Chargers on August 20, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Tyron Smith is once again a big loss for the Cowboys. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)