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Cowboys G Marcus Martin Needs Surgery; Impact on 53-Man Roster

, the veteran Dallas signed as a last March, suffered a potential season-ending in the team's opener last Thursday night. Just how long he'll be out is still be determined, but it still should impact the Cowboys' final this season.

Martin tore ligaments in his right big toe against the 49ers. However, as of yesterday, it was not decided if he would pursue surgery.

A former third-round pick in 2014, the 24-year-old was brought in as a potential reserve at both guard at . He was still in competition with and others for a roster spot, though, and his minimal one-year contract suggested nothing was guaranteed.

Even if Martin doesn't have surgery, he is almost sure to miss the start of the season. Dallas would likely place him on , but still have the option to recall him after Week 8.

Marcus' absence all but guarantees that Looney will return in 2018. This will be his third year in the system and his ability to play center is critical.

In my 53-man roster projection last week, I had both Looney and Martin making the team. So if I had that right, that means a spot has opened up for probably fifth-year veteran , who was playing with the second unit in the preseason opener.

The notorious , who has played guard at times, could also be the beneficiary of the open roster spot.

Damien Mama, an in 2017 who Dallas added this offseason, is the only other guard currently on the roster. We should get to see more of him as the preseason continues.

Marcus Martin's availability, or lack thereof, and how it ultimately impacts the roster will be determined in the coming weeks.

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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