Cowboys On Zack Martin: An MRI And A 'Positive Outlook'

Mike Fisher
August 18, 2018 - 10:07 pm
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ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) - The Dallas Cowboys are planning on Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin undergoing an MRI on his left knee as early as Saturday night, owner Jerry Jones said, adding that there is a "positive'' feeling about the injury not being a serious one.

Added coach Jason Garrett regarding the injury, which occurred in the second quarter of Dallas' 21-13 preseason loss to the visiting Bengals, “The doctors were somewhat optimistic based on their initial evaluation.''

Martin sustained the injury while ranging wide to block on a Rod Smith run before being undercut by Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

Martin, who recently signed a six-year, $84 million contract extension that makes him the NFL's highest-paid guard, left for the locker room immediately. (Kadeem Edwards replaced Martin at right guard.)

But Martin later returned, standing on the sideline in street clothes and engaging in conversation with fellow Alll-Pro lineman Travis Frederick, the center who sat out the game due to stingers in his shoulder.

"It's a good thing,'' Frederick told me when I asked him about Martin's sideline presence. "Having him out there definitely gives us a positive outlook.''