Surgery at this time is important for the rest of Cowboys LT Tyron Smith’s career

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Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones joined the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] recently to talk about Tyron Smith’s injury and more. Here are some of the highlights.

On Tyron Smith being done for the year…

Jones: “Let me just say this. Tyron has done any and everything he could possibly do with his condition to play. 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. I have said over the last two or three weeks that my biggest concern I have as a position group with all the things that we can critique and look to improve upon with our team, and we certainly have many of them that we can, of all the concerns is the offensive line. It’s always the challenge relative to continuity when you start shuffling it around or losing key players within the offensive line. Position flex, the ability to move a player and have the ability to move around. Some of them like [Zack] Martin or Larry Allen or people like that, they go anywhere you want to put them and do an All-Pro job. But you can’t have all


From Stanford to NWSL, Sophia Smith’s career on the rise

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Thorns rookie Sophia Smith laughs when she recalls the conversation with her dad back in high school about her blossoming soccer career.

The No. 1 pick in the National Women’s Soccer League draft out of Stanford and U.S. national-team prospect comes from a family of basketball players — and it was just assumed she’d head in the same direction.

But no.

“I think he quietly knew that I liked soccer more. But when I had to finally decide and just kind of cut basketball out for good, it was a tough few months, but we got over it,” she said. “He loves soccer now.”

Turned out Smith was right to choose soccer. It paved her way to Stanford and a national title in December, and now to a blossoming career in the NWSL.

Smith did not play in the NWSL’s Challenge Cup tournament in Utah this summer because of an injury, but in her first match as a professional this month, she entered as a substitute and scored against the Utah Royals.

Although it wasn’t official — the league’s fall series games, a chance for teams to get in some games amid the pandemic, don’t count — it was a good indication of Smith’s promise. And it wasn’t the first time she scored in a debut: She scored 17 minutes into her first game as a freshman at Stanford.

Smith grew up in Colorado. Dad Kenny Smith played basketball at Wyoming and sister Savannah is the all-time career scoring leader for Northern Colorado.