McCarthy said the team was just being cautious with the 31-year-old, who was dealing with low back tightness. But after all of the injuries Smith has endured over the past few years, any ailment he's dealing with, no matter how far away the start of training camp may be, will be put under a microscope.
Smith, an eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, hasn't appeared in a full season since 2015 and has missed at least three games in each of the last six seasons. In 2020, Smith played in only two games after undergoing neck surgery in the middle of the season. He was able to return in 2021, but a reoccurring ankle injury limited him to just 11 games.
Despite the injury concerns, the Cowboys aren't quite ready to move on from Smith. Team owner Jerry Jones even proclaimed after the first round of the NFL Draft that the organization believes he has "a lot of tread left."