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UPDATE: Zack Martin's injury not serious

Cowboys received "encouraging" results of MRI Saturday

UPDATE: The Dallas Cowboys have received the MRI results for five time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin, and the injury is not serious.

Head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media with that information Saturday afternoon after Martin was held out of Friday's workouts.

"It looks like there's some irritation to a disc back there, so I think the plan is to rest him and rehab here in the next few days, maybe even up to a week or so," Garrett said. "Obviously, he's as tough as they come, and he'll do everything he can, but I think it's probably in his best interests right now to dial him back off the practice field and see how it responds. I know he has a little history with it. I dont know if it's been recent history, but for him to even come out of practice and get an MRI is a big feat. We just think this is the right way to handle it given what he has right now."

Martin has played in almost every game of his five-year career with the Cowboys. He missed one game last year with a knee injury, but returned to the lineup and started every game for the remainder of the season.



OXNARD, Calif. (Friday, 8/3) -- Five-time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin experienced back pain during the sixth day of workouts in training camp and will undergo an MRI.

That is according to head coach Jason Garrett, who revealed the news during his afternoon press conference. Martin was held out of this morning’s walkthrough.

“His back was bothering him a little bit,” confirmed Garrett. “He’s going to get an MRI right now, so we will see what the results are.”

Martin has made the Pro Bowl in each of his five seasons with the Cowboy, including his rookie season in 2014, becoming the first rookie in club history to start every game at right guard. And he’s part of the offensive line that helped make Ezekiel Elliott the NFL’s rushing champion in 2016 and again last year in 2018.

“I know it’s bothering him now,” added Garrett. “The trainer just felt this was the best thing to do. He’s moving around fine. They just want to look into it.”

The Cowboys played their entire 2018 season without All-Pro and Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick as he fought to recover from an auto immune disease that attacked his nervous system starting at this time in training camp last year.


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