FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) – Tyron Smith was moving careful on Sunday night after the win at Oakland, but without a cast or crutches. That gave the Dallas Cowboys some level of hope that the All-Pro left tackle might be healthy enough to play in the must-win Christmas Eve visit from the Seahawks.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones added another level of hope on Tuesday, telling 105.3 The Fan Shan & RJ show that Dallas feels “rewarded” by the Monday MRI results.

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“We’re rewarded that the MRI and the X-rays didn’t show as severe damage as it certainly might have,” Jones said. “He’ll be looking forward trying to get back.”

Jones, of course, almost always takes a glass-is-half-full angle when commenting on issues like this. Here inside The Star, there is genuine concern that Smith won’t be available for the game, which marks the re-debut of Ezekiel Elliott and a circumstance that requires Dallas to win if it wishes to keep its playoff dream alive.

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If Smith cannot go, veteran Byron Bell would be his replacement, as was the case in the second half of Sunday’s win at the Raiders. But Smith does have a well-earned “football warrior” reputation, having played recent seasons with a back issue that often keeps him from practicing on Wednesdays but rarely sidelines him come Sundays.

And the magnitude of the game is in play here, too.

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“He knows we’re down to these last two ball games,” Jones said. “So we’ll be taking a look at it.”