Retired Rams Andrew Whitworth is inundated with calls from friends and Cowboys fans begging him to join Dallas after Tyron Smith’s hamstring injury…but Super Bowl champion says he needs permission from wife and kids
- Ex-Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth is asked to come out of retirement
- Friends and Cowboys fans recently called him to make a comeback
- The impetus for the calls was a recent injury to Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith
- Whitworth says his wife and kids can decide if he can come back
Retired Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth says he has been inundated with calls from friends and Cowboys fans to sign up in Dallas after ‘America’s Team’ lost striker Tyron Smith to a serious leg injury.
In a sideline interview during Thursday night’s preseason game between San Francisco and Houston, the 40-year-old Super Bowl champion expressed disappointment at Smith, who is likely to be out until December. Whitworth also revealed sudden calls for him to make a comeback in Dallas.
“I mean, obviously something happened to the Cowboys and Tyron Smith lost,” Whitworth said. “It’s just a terrible deal. Such a great player, and a man I’ve always loved to watch games.”
As Whitworth explained, the decision ultimately rests with his wife, Melissa, and their four children.
“It’s been a busy day answering phone calls,” he continued. “The problem is they’re calling and texting the wrong person. They have to text and call Melissa Whitworth and the kids because they have final approval on whether I will ever play football again.”
Retired Los Angeles Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth says he has been inundated with calls from friends and Cowboys fans to sign up in Dallas after ‘America’s Team’ lost striker Tyron Smith to a serious leg injury. However, Whitworth says he has to delay his wife, Melissa (left) and their four children on any comeback talk
Whitworth (pictured left with children Sarah, Andrew and Katherine) won a Super Bowl in February, when his Rams defeated his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals
Even in his late thirties, Whitworth remained one of the most reliable left tackles in all of football
Later, following a Pro Football Talk report claiming that the Cowboys contacted Whitworth directly, the former All-Pro tweeted that it was just “friends and fans” who contacted him.
“Not what I said,” Whitworth tweeted. “I said I’ve been answering calls and texts from people all day since the injury. Beg me to go to the cowboys! Thank you.’
Whitworth was a member of the Rams’ first Super Bowl title team last season and was also named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year. He previously played 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, helping them defeat in Super Bowl LVI last February.
Smith suffered a horrific hamstring injury during Wednesday’s workout when the muscle tore and reportedly separated from the bone. The 31-year-old left tackle, and quarterback Dak Prescott’s blind-side defender, will reportedly undergo surgery Friday, potentially sidelining Smith for months and jeopardizing the Cowboys’ Super Bowl aspirations.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the hamstring not only tore, but actually came off the bone.
Smith sustained the injury during 11-on-11 practice Wednesday night when he blocked against teammate and Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. Without much contact, the 6-foot 5,320-pound Smith was seen crumpling on the turf, clutching his left leg in marked pain.
Frequently injured Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is likely out until December after surgery
The team initially said on its website that Smith had a knee injury and an MRI was scheduled. ESPN, citing unidentified sources, later reported that the 31-year-old suffered a torn hamstring.
The eight-time Pro Bowler has been hampered mainly by back, neck and shoulder injuries in recent years. Smith has missed at least three games every season since 2016, including a career low of two games in 2020 for season-ending neck surgery.
The Cowboys counted on Smith and five-time All-Pro judge Zack Martin as anchors on an offensive line that is young in the other three spots.
If Smith misses a lot of time, Tyler Smith, a first-round debutant, can replace him. Tyler Smith worked at left guard, but was the starting left tackle at Tulsa. He missed both practices this week with an ankle injury.
Josh Ball, chosen in the fourth round last year, has sometimes replaced Tyron Smith during training camp this year. Ball missed his entire rookie season with an ankle injury.
The defending NFC East champions, who lost a wildcard game at home to San Francisco in January, open the season at home on September 11 against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cowboys fans have grown accustomed to injuries that sap their hopes of the Super Bowl