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BREAKING: Cowboys G Zack Martin on COVID List, Out for Week 1

Cowboys has been placed on the Reserve-COVID list and will miss Thursday's against the . He will have the unfortunate distinction of being the first player to be ruled out of a game in 2021 due to a positive test.

Third-year guard should get the start in Martin's absence. Thankfully, was just activated from the list yesterday and will start against Tampa.

Martin was entering 2021 healthy and ready to get back to his perennial All-Pro and play. His stabilizing presence was going to be important next to , who's only in his second season and still developing.

A huge blow in any context, losing Martin could be especially damaging for the Cowboys if La'el Collins continues to have health issues. While his status for Week One hasn't really been questioned yet, Collins has been missing practices with a neck stinger and has a Thursday game looming large.

Dallas could be thin on interior line depth for Thursday with also on the COVID list. Right now that leaves just 7th-round rookie as a backup at guard and center.

We'll see how this news about Zack Martin shuffles the roster ahead of the season opener. Hopefully this is just a one-week problem.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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