Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has spoken out about the need for left tackle Tyron Smith to undergo season-ending surgery on his neck injury. According to Jones, Smith would have wanted to play on, but at this point, the risk would have been too great if he did.

Jones had nothing but good things to say about Smith, as he explained how the 29-year-old did everything he could to avoid having to go under the knife:

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“Tyron has done any and everything he could possibly do with his condition to play,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News (h/t Michael David Smith of NBC Sports). “And as witnessed by the fact he had 88 snaps last week. So, he’s doing everything he can do. The facts are that he’s a 10-year veteran, and this surgery at this time, not after the season, but at this particular time is important for the rest of his career. And that’s paramount to the fact that he’s obviously playing because it’s nerve type sensitivity that is involved here, gets, creates — stinger type, if you remember the term of nerve in your neck and shoulder area and that’s the area we’re talking about. But the bottom line is we all agree that he should have the surgery, which will put him out for the rest of the year.”

Smith has been struggling with the neck issue throughout the season, and at this point, it is clear that they have no other option but to shut him down for the rest of the campaign. It’s undeniably going to serve as a huge blow for both the Cowboys and Smith himself, but as they expressed above, this is the longevity of Smith’s career that is on the line here.