Tyron Smith calls his hold a 'tug'

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."