Cowboys C Tyler Biadasz suffers high ankle sprain

Tyler Biadasz will not be available for the Cowboys’ regular-season finale against the Commanders, but the team is hopeful he will be able to return in the playoffs.

After Biadasz exited Thursday night’s game, tests revealed he suffered a high ankle sprain, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News tweets. While the former fourth-round pick will not be ready for Week 18, per’s Todd Archer (on Twitter), the team hopes this two-plus-week hiatus will provide enough time for a return in Round 1.

Travis Frederick‘s long-term successor, Biadasz has avoided injuries for most of his Cowboys career. Coming into Thursday night, he had started 33 consecutive games. His injury caused nearly the entire Cowboys offensive line to shift roles.

Connor McGovern moved from left guard to center, Tyler Smith slid from left tackle to left guard and Jason Peters came in to play left tackle. The Cowboys have some depth up front to withstand a Biadasz absence, though the team placed Tyron Smith at right tackle upon returning in order to keep the rest of its line stable. If Peters has to start in Week 18, Mike McCarthy said he is no longer under any snap-count restrictions. He played 19 snaps Thursday and has topped out at 21 this year. Their center’s injury could well prompt the Cowboys to trot out an O-line featuring three potential Hall of Famers; quite the backup plan.

Although the Cowboys have battled some injuries up front this season — Tyron Smith’s, an early-season McGovern high ankle sprain — they had all their key principals back for the stretch run. Providing a comp of sorts, McGovern missed two games because of his September ankle injury. Three of Dallas’ O-linemen — Tyler Smith, Biadasz, and Zack Martin — have played all 16 games. That provided considerable aid to Cooper Rush during Dak Prescott‘s absence and boosted Tony Pollard to his first Pro Bowl.

Biadasz’s injury certainly could have been worse, so this represents some good news for him and the Cowboys. Biadasz will become eligible for an extension at the end of the regular season.

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