Smith said his ankle “still feels stiff” after sustaining a high ankle sprain against the Browns and that his primary concern is to “not hurt myself any more.” A team source indicated Smith is not expected to play against the Redskins but Smith said Monday that he anticipates his availability being a game-time decision.
“It’s basically how you deal with the soreness in your ankle. How much can your body take of it?,” Smith said. “It’s taking a while for it to heal up right now. I need to be smart … and not hurt myself any more.
“Depending on how this week goes, (it’s) basically a game-day decision. And I’ll try my best to get back healthy.”
If Smith cannot play, Jermey Parnell _ who struggled after replacing Smith against Cleveland _ would take his place in the lineup. Coach Jason Garrett said veteran Derrick Dockery, who started against Cleveland at right guard, likely would be the backup at both tackle spots.
_ Jimmy Burch