Legendary USC Football O-Lineman suffers brutal season-altering injury

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Ex-elite USC Football Offensive Tackle Tyron Smith is the best left tackle in football. There's no debate to that. The two-time AP First-Team All-Pro selection has made the Pro Bowl every single season since 2013, except for 2020 when he was injured and limited to just two games.

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That was the only year his No. 1 ranking in the league was ever in doubt, and it was still clear that he was the No. 1 LT when healthy. Unfortunately, though, he will likely miss almost all of the season this year too.

He suffered an avulsion fracture of his knee during Wednesday's practice with his NFL team--the Dallas Cowboys--according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport's sources. Rapoport's sources also told him that Smith will need surgery. Rapoport has him returning in December, if at all:

Former stud USC Football OT Tyron Smith missing most of the season could keep the Dallas Cowboys out of the playoffs.

Legendary USC Football Tackle Tyron Smith's Dallas Cowboys will likely have to win the NFC East if they want to make the postseason. That's because their division is set to be the worst in football, and most if not all of the wild card teams in the NFC are likely to be better than the best NFC East team. Now that Dallas is without their best player in Smith, however, things get a little tougher.

The division rival Philadelphia Eagles were already a playoff team last year, and had one of the best offseasons in all of football. The Cowboys, who made it no further than the Eagles in the playoffs last year (first round exit), lost their No. 1 receiver in Amari Cooper this offseason and now have lost their blindside tackle.

The offense was the strength of the team last year, and now they're down two of their very best players in a year where they can't afford it.

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Starting RB Ezekiel Elliott is coming off of a season where he posted a career low in yards per game (58.9), and QB Dak Prescott is coming off of an embarrassing playoff performance where he choked the game away after already performing poorly and only completing 23 of 43 passes. They need their elite tackle out there protecting their blind side if they want to be clear favorites for their division title.