Tanner had a similar surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand that Smith had in the 1990s. Smith missed just one game.
“I’m tougher than Emmitt,” Tanner joked, “so if it took Emmitt a week, I should be back in a day.”
The actual hope is that Tanner will be able to return to practice before the Cowboys head to San Diego. He will be fitted with a special glove much like the one Terrell Owens wore in 2006 after he broke a bone in his hand.
Tanner is wearing a cast on his hand and staying involved in the meetings and walkthroughs.
“I don’t want to get too much out of the football knowledge,” Tanner said.