The injury report for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, especially on the offensive line, has looked like a horror movie. Starting tackles Tyron Smith (neck) and La’el Collins (hip) are out for the season. Also, backup linemen Brandon Knight and Cam Erving have been banged up as well.
The Cowboy’s best offensive lineman, Zack Martin, has shown his versatility this season by not only continuing his dominance as the best guard in the NFL but also by making multiple starts at right tackle due to the team’s offensive line issues. Unfortunately, Martin had a setback on Thursday by suffering a calf strain against the Washington Football Team and will miss the next 3-4 weeks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Cowboys Pro Bowl offensive lineman Zack Martin is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a calf strain, source said. That could mean, just based on where we are with the season, that he’s played his last down for 2020 — especially if they want it fully healed before he returns.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 27, 2020
Martin has only missed three games in his seven-year career (two in 2018, one in 2020). With the current state of the Cowboys at 3-8 and having lost five of their last six games, it may be smart to sit Martin for the rest of the season to ensure he’s fully ready to go for the 2021 season along with the aforementioned Smith and Collins.
Every team has to overcome adversity every year but with Martin hitting the shelf the Cowboys are now down their top-three offensive lineman to go along with not having Dak Prescott under center. At worst they’ll be a game and a half back in the division with five games left after Sunday. However, all signs are pointing to the Cowboys having a very high draft pick in 2021.