20 September 2020 20:33
The Cowboys are hosting offensive guard Ronald Leary on a visit this weekend. Left tackle Tyron Smith is a game-time decision this week with a neck injury. Dallas entered the season with a couple depth members on season-long injured reserve and starting right tackle La'el Collins on returnable IR. Backup Cam Erving left the season opener and starting left tackle Tyron Smith has missed the last two practices with a neck injury. It's gotten to the point the Cowboys must consider moving their guards, Connor Williams and Zack Martin back outside where they played in college.
To that extent, and because it's easier to find interior players then tackles, Dallas is set to visit with former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary, according to a report by ESPN's Field Yates. Leary started at left guard for the Cowboys from 2013 through 2016, before joining Denver on a high-priced deal. Williams got the first crack at left guard for Dallas, but he struggled against Aaron Donald and the Rams in Week 1. Williams could certainly preform better in the coming weeks when he's not lined up across Donald, but the addition of Leary could allow Williams to play more tackle, the position he played at the University of Texas. It's no secret that in Week 2 of the NFL season, the Cowboys are in need of some help on the offensive line.
Dallas has been dealing with some injuries on the offensive line heading into its Week 2 matchup vs. Starting left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) is a game-time decision with a health issue that occurred during Thursday's practice. Having already doubled back and signed defensive back Brandon Carr to a second stint with the team with the goal of upgrading the safety position, they might dip their toe yet again in the waters--this time to help an offensive line ravaged by injury. They're scheduled to meet with/work out Ronald Leary, per the league's transaction wire, a former starting left guard who was once a part of what many dubbed the best offensive line in all of football. Leary parted ways with the Cowboys following the 2016 season, parlaying his ascent from the ranks of the undrafted into a four-year, $36 million deal with the Denver Broncos that included $20 million guaranteed.
It was a price the Cowboys deemed too steep for them at the time, and Leary went on to log 29 starts, which included flexing between right and left guard. While Williams has shown flashes of potential as a starting left guard, he has himself battled injury that cost him games each of his first two years, including a season-ending knee injury in 2019. Now returned, but with La'El Collins on injured reserve and a neck injury threatening the availability of Tyron Smith, the team is discussing the possibility of having Williams spend time at the tackle position. As for Leary, while the 31-year-old has already entered COVID-19 protocol that would allow him into the team's facility in the next day or so, two sources tell CBS Sports, don't expect to see Leary on the field when the Cowboys host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, even if a deal is agreed to.