Tyron Smith calls his hold a 'tug'

October, 30, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- In the loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys were flagged just twice. The second penalty was the biggest, a holding call on left tackle Tyron Smith late in the fourth quarter.

With the Cowboys trying to close out the game, running back Phillip Tanner broke outside for a run, instead of inside, it forced Smith to block defensive end Devin Taylor a little longer than usual.

Smith was flagged for holding.

"It was a tug," Smith said. "It's a technique issue, but I have to clean up that mistake and make sure it doesn't happen again."

The penalty was declined by the Lions and instead of a fourth and long setting up a field goal of nearly 55 yards, the Cowboys were faced with a 44-yard field goal attempt by Dan Bailey. Bailey made the 44 yarder to push the Cowboys' lead to 30-24.

Smith has moved on from the holding call and has to do so without veteran guard Brian Waters who turned into a mentor for several of the young players on the line.

Waters is out for the season with a triceps injury.

"He's a pretty good leader on our line," Smith said. "He's still around to give us some tips and everything to help us out as much as we can."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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