Zack Martin ruled out with leg injury, Cowboys lose LT, safety too

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Tony Thompson
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It’s a new day but the same old song is playing. Midway through the second drive of the game and it appears as if the Dallas Cowboys will be down three players, including their best player in offensive lineman Zack Martin. Martin has already been ruled out from returning for the contest.

After a three-and-out delivered by the defense, courtesy of plays made by Leighton Vander Esch and Randy Gregory, backup safety Steven Parker was hurt on the kick return. Six plays later, left tackle Cam Erving stayed down after Andy Dalton picked up a third down on the ground.

A few plays after that, Dallas failed to convert a 3rd-and-5 from the 15 and on the play Martin went down, grabbing his left knee.

Martin had to be helped to the locker room in obvious pain. He was replaced on the field goal attempt by Adam Redmond, who was meant to be the backup center on Thursday.

The word has been mum on Parker but word from the broadcast was that he was able to walk off the field under his own power. Erving could not and received assistance getting to the locker room. He has been designated questionable to return. His replacement will be the man he replaced due to injury, Brandon Knight.

This will be Knight’s first action along the offensive line (non special-teams division) since Week 6. Erving had spent the previous four games filling in in his absence.