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    Zack Martin Confirmed OUT for Week 1, Connor McGovern Starting

    After a glimmer of hope that might get through the protocol and play in tomorrow night's game against the , the All-Pro has now been ruled out. Third-year backup will get the start against the defending champions.

    Martin was placed on the COVID-19 list after a positive test on Saturday. There was a slim chance he could return if symptoms had cleared and with consecutive negative tests, but apparently Zack's progress just didn't meet the guidelines.

    Now McGovern will try to fill in for the six-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler. Thankfully, Connor got plenty of experience with eight starts and six other game appearances during the -plagued .

    Those starts in the midst of chaos for the Cowboys. McGovern's playing time started in Week 6, meaning he never played with , , or on the field.

    So while this isn't his first start, it's arguably Connor's first time with the real Cowboys . With all the other starters set to go in Tampa Bay, McGovern will finally get a chance to show what he can do with the 1st-team around him.

    Even at his absolute best, Connor McGovern won't be Zack Martin. But hopefully, like at in 2018, the backup can do enough to help keep the offense competitive and give us a shot at winning the season opener.

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    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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    Cowboy Fan Ed

    Sure would feel better if ole ZM was playing Thursday night but I believe that Dallas is wanting this game bad to make a statement to the NFL that they are a legit football team! So with that said I’m picking the Cowboys by 13 points! Look for our defense to bring the heat and try to get to Brady! It might take Dak a quarter or so to get into a good rhythm so hopefully our running game can sub stain us until he gets going! It’s football time!!! Go Cowboys