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Dallas Cowboys Rule Out 1 Key Starter Before Game vs. Washington

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - SEPTEMBER 29: A Dallas Cowboys helmet is pictured during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on September 29, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys' offense won't be at full strength this Sunday when they take on the Washington Football Team. Moments ago, the team ruled out Tyron Smith for Week 16.

Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury for roughly a month. He missed three games in November due to this issue.

The All-Pro offensive tackle then re-aggravated his ankle injury on Dec. 12 against Washington. It forced him to miss the Cowboys' recent showdown with the New York Giants.

Since the Cowboys won't have Smith this weekend, they'll need La'el Collins and Terence Steele to step up as the team's starting offensive tackles.

As for when Smith may return, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones addressed the offensive tackle's outlook earlier this week.

“I don’t know about this week, but I certainly don’t rule it out at all,” Jones said, via Audacy. “We’ve got a lot of this week left. For the longer haul, being the remainder of the season and the playoffs, I’m very optimistic."

Jones also explained just how important Smith is to the Cowboys' offense.

"There's no one more incrementally valuable to us than Tyron Smith. He makes a very huge, significant difference in how we execute in the offensive line."

The Cowboys might have Smith back at their disposal on Jan. 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.