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Cowboys Get Big Injury Update On Left Tackle Tyron Smith

A closeup of Tyron Smith walking onto the field with his Dallas Cowboys teammates.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Tyron Smith #77 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the field before the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Earlier: Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith went down with a sprained right ankle during last night's game against the New Orleans Saints. The injury was diagnosed as a high ankle sprain.

Smith was spotted in a walking boot after the game. While that particular injury typically results in a lengthy absence, ESPN's Todd Archer reports there is optimism that Smith won't be sidelined very long.

Reportedly, his ankle isn't as damaged as first thought.

"While his availability for this week’s game against the Green Bay Packers is not yet known, it does not appear to be a major sprain of the ligament that could keep him out for a long period of time," Archer wrote.

Now, Dallas would certainly like to have Smith available against Green Bay and its improved pass rush, but it seems like it would be a stretch to have him back that quickly. Still, if his absence is prolonged, the Cowboys have to consider themselves very lucky. A two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, Smith has started 122 games for Dallas since 2011. However, he last started all 16 games in a season in 2015. Smith has made 13 starts per year in each of the last three seasons. Update: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Smith won't play against Green Bay but could be back as early as Week 6 against the New York Jets.

If true, huge news for Dallas.