FRISCO, Texas – Dallas Cowboys all-pro offensive lineman Zack Martin may be out for the NFL season with a calf injury.
The Cowboys put Martin in injured reserve on Monday, which means he will miss at least the next three games, starting Tuesday against the Baltimore Ravens, if not more. Coach Mike McCarthy said Martin would miss “several weeks”.
The Cowboys, 3-8, are fighting in the sad NFC East but have lost five of their last six games. If they didn’t compete in the playoffs in weeks 16 and 17, they probably wouldn’t put Martin at risk of another injury in 2021.
Martin left the first quarter Thanksgiving defeat to the Washington Football team because of a calf strain he originally suffered on November 16. He was restricted in practice on week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings but was not on the Thanksgiving Injury Report.
Martin has been long lived for his career and has only missed three games. He missed the first meeting of the 2020 season against Washington and two games in 2018.
He switched to right-wing duel against Minnesota, and the Cowboys turned against Terence Steele to replace Washington. The Cowboys will likely face Brandon Knight, Connor Williams, Joe Looney, Connor McGovern and Steele on their offensive line against Baltimore on Tuesday in their eighth different starting line combination of the season.
The Cowboys also downgraded cornerback Anthony Brown (ribs) and safety Donovan Wilson (groin) to get off for Tuesday’s game. Neither will make the trip to Baltimore. Cornerbacks Deante Burton and Rashard Robinson were called off the training team. Safety Steven Parker has also been placed in the injured reserve with a severe ankle sprain.