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November 19, 2012

Smith says injured ankle "still feels stiff," expects availability vs. Redskins to be game-time decision

Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith did not participate in Monday’s practice and sounded much less optimistic about his chances to play in Thursday’s game against Washington than he did after Sunday’s 23-20 victory over Cleveland.

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

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