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November 18, 2012

Smith's staus for Washington game unclear after sprained ankle

The Cowboys’ patchwork offensive line surrendered seven sacks in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over Cleveland, the most ever in a game against quarterback Tony Romo.

The lingering post-game question concerns the health of left tackle Tyron Smith, the team’s top lineman. Smith sustained what owner Jerry Jones called a high ankle sprain and did not return, leaving open the possibility that the Cowboys’ patchwork line could be back in action in Thursday’s game against Washington.

“I’m hopeful that it’s not too severe,” Jones said of the injury to Smith. “We’re positive about it, but we’ve got to see tomorrow.”

Asked about the possibility of playing against Washington, Smith said: “I think I’ll be good (for Thursday).”

But that remains to be seen. With Smith sidelined, Jermey Parnell got the most extended playing time of his career. He finished with a holding penalty but drew praise from owner Jerry Jones.

“I can’t say enough about how Parnell came in,” Jones said. “He came in and played really well … I noticed on several key plays there – short yardage, long yardage – that he was really bulldozing them out there in the run game, which he does really well.”

_ Jimmy Burch

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