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September 15, 2011

Cowboys' line coach says Smith knee injury 'no problem whatsoever,' offers other observations about first game

Offensive line coach Hudson Houck said right tackle Tyron Smith did a good job against the Jets last week despite playing on a knee he had injured four days earlier.

“I saw no problem with that whatsoever,” Houck said. “Of course, he doesn’t complain at all.”

Smith suffered a hyperextended right knee in practice last week. He was limited in practice the rest of the week but started and played Sunday. He had full participation in practice on Wednesday.

“He went in to see the trainers, get the treatment, do all the things you’re supposed to do,” Houck said. “But he never complains to me. Maybe I don’t listen.”

Other thoughts from Houck about the performances in last week’s game:

On center Phil Costa – “Costa played pretty well. I was very impressed with the way he played. He handled the ball well. He had one hiccup at the end of the game, but overall he handled the ball well. We went into an environment that was pretty hostile. One false start out of that, which was admirable. We’ve topped that in the past with more false starts. We’ve hopefully solved those issues.”

On left tackle Doug Free – “Good work ethic. Knows what to do. Good athlete. Understands when he got beat, understands how he got beat and how he’s going to solve it. Good technician. He’s a good player.”

On guard Derrick Dockery, who could start this week – “He’s an experienced guy. He knows how to play the game. He knows protections, and he knows the technique. He won’t be overwhelmed in a game. He’s played a lot of games. He can contribute that way and probably help our center a little bit, who hasn’t played in as many games. I think experience is definitely a factor that would help.”

On the Jets’ run defense – “It was an eight-man front, basically the whole game, and covered both guards and covered our center. They tried to take away the run, and as it turned out, they did a good job of that, but really, they couldn’t slow us down too much throwing the ball. We kind of slowed ourselves.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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