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Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy provides update on Tyron Smith neck injury

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Dallas Cowboys star left tackle Tyron Smith was a new name on the team’s injury report Thursday, listed with a neck injury that kept him out of practice.

The Cowboys already dealing with injuries on their offensive linemen (and throughout the roster), with La’el Collins on Injured Reserve.

On Friday, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t express too much concern about Smith’s status for Sunday.

“We’ll see how Tyron is,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “I’m not alarmed right now, but it’s something that we’re looking at. These are the experiences you need. It’s important for young players to play early in the season.”

If Smith can’t go, Dallas can turn to rookie right tackle Terence Steele. They also have Alex Light, Brandon Knight and Connor McGovern as other options.

Smith has dealt with persistent neck and back injuries in recent seasons. Veterans are often given Thursdays off as rest days, but it’s troubling to see him listed on the injury report with a neck injury this early into the season.

Dallas will look to bounce back from a 20-17 Week 1 defeat at the Los Angeles Rams with a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (0-1) on Sunday.

McCarthy obviously hopes his line will be as healthy as possible, though at least his guys won’t be tasked with blocking Aaron Donald this week (that will fall to the Cowboys’ NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, who are dealing with an even more depleted O-Line.)

Dallas surrendered three sacks and QB Dak Prescott was hit seven times in Week 1.