Tyron Smith was drafted ninth overall out of USC in the 2011 Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and emerged as--perhaps, just perhaps--the team’s best offensive lineman last season.
What with the Cowboys releases last offseason (including Leonard Davis and Andre Gurode) and their signings in free agency this offseason (including guards Nate Livings and Nate Bernadeau) he is key in Dallas’s youth movement along the offensive line. He also is dealing with a dislocated finger.
However, that finger--his right ring finger--is healing well and will not require surgery, according to Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. The finger was injured in week 11 of 2011, and Smith played the last six weeks while dealing with the pain. He still wears a splint on it, but he is reportedly close to being at full health.
This is certainly good news for Dallas. Smith is slated to move to left tackle next season, where he’ll be protecting Tony Romo’s blind side, as Doug Free (who had a somewhat disappointing season in 2011) shifts to the right.
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