How NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport described the injury means that things are not looking good for Smith.
He mentioned that he might return by December if he returns at all.
Therefore, there’s a chance that Smith will call it quits on his 11-season career.
After all, he has missed games over the last six seasons, especially in 2020 when he had a season-ending neck injury that required surgery.
Likewise, Smith sat out six games last year because of an ankle injury.
If the odds lean towards Smith’s retirement, Dallas must find a long-term solution at left tackle.
They did so by selecting Tyler Smith and Matt Waletzko in this year’s draft.
But they might not be ready to perform right away, especially when they have to face elite pass rushers this season.
In that case, the Cowboys could find a bridge option that can stabilize the situation at least for 2022.
NFL insider Dov Kleiman has a suggestion on who the Cowboys might sign.
How much money will Jerry Jones give @AndrewWhitworth to come out of retirement?
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 25, 2022
Kleiman tweeted, “How much money will Jerry Jones give @AndrewWhitworth to come out of retirement?”
Whitworth retired during the 2022 preseason after winning Super Bowl LVI with the Los Angeles Rams.
Whitworth Matches Smith’s Impressive Profile
Like Smith, Whitworth is also a multiple-time All-Pro member.
Smith has four All-Pros and eight Pro Bowls in 11 seasons with the Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Whitworth has three in 16 seasons to go with four Pro Bowls.
More importantly, Whitworth proved that he still got game at age 40 after protecting Matthew Stafford en route to their Super Bowl victory.
In that case, it’s as if Smith is still there if the Cowboys will be able to convince Whitworth to unretire.