I don’t know if there is a Dallas Cowboys player who is playing with more heart and grit right now then Offensive Guard Zack Martin. He’s been hobbled for the majority of the season with a bad right knee and despite that he still playing at a really high level. But, it might be time for the Cowboys to consider getting him some rest to get him as healthy as possible for the playoffs, especially after what happened against the Eagles Sunday.
We all probably held our collective breath when we saw #70 lying on his back on the field writhing in pain last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. With the help of athletic trainers, they pretty much made a beeline to the locker room causing many of us to fear the worst.
Luckily, what looked to be a potential season-ending injury turned out to be just a re-aggravation of the sprained MCL he’s been playing with for the majority of the 2018 season. This is the best case scenario for the Dallas Cowboys, because without him in the lineup this team just isn’t the same.
With that in mind, the Cowboys coaching staff now has a tough decision to make moving forward. Should they sit or play Zack Martin not only this week against the Indianapolis Colts, but perhaps the remainder of the regular season?
Personally, I can see the Dallas Cowboys going either way here. If Martin believes he can continue to play hobbled and at a high level like he’s done so far, they will probably let him have a go at it. But, if they believe he is at risk of further injuring himself or becoming a liability they will probably sit him.
If I was making the decision, I think I would continue to let him suit up and be available on game days, but keep him on the sideline as emergency insurance. That just seems like the best case scenario in my opinion.
The only problem with that way of thinking though is the Dallas Cowboys still haven’t locked up the NFC East division. They can do that this week by either defeating the Indianapolis Colts or having both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins lose. If/when that happens I’d seriously considered not only sitting #70, but a few other key players who are banged up.
The game of football is a chess match and making the right or wrong move could end up determining who is the one claiming checkmate when all is said and done. Figuring out what to do with Zack Martin moving forward is one such move and the Dallas Cowboys can’t afford to make the wrong decision here.