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Concussion likely to keep Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin out against Washington Football Team - Todd Archer, ESPN.com

Another offensive line, the best of the bunch to miss week seven with concussion. It’s been updated since this article came out that Martin ahs been ruled out.

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys are preparing as if Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin will not play Sunday against the Washington Football Team because of a concussion.

“Unless there’s a change in the next 24 hours I don’t see Zack participating,” coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. “So I think we all recognize that it being a Monday game [last week], it was going to be a challenge, but he’s still not through the protocol.”

Connor McGovern replaced Martin in Monday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals and would make his first career start against Washington, but this is a much different offensive line than what the Cowboys thought they would have when McCarthy was hired and even at the start of the season.

When McCarthy was hired in January, the Cowboys had a line that was the envy of most teams, with Pro Bowlers Martin, Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. But Frederick retired in the offseason and Smith played just two games because of a neck injury that required surgery. Right tackle La’el Collins will not play a snap this season because of hip surgery.

Frederick’s replacement, Joe Looney, will miss his third straight game because of a knee injury. Smith’s replacement at left tackle, Brandon Knight, suffered a knee injury and had surgery on Tuesday. Undrafted rookie Terence Steele has started every game at right tackle.

Cameron Erving, who has been out since the season opener because of a knee injury, is expected to fill in at left tackle. The Cowboys could have Greg Senat as the backup tackle but also have veteran Jordan Mills on the practice squad.

The projected starting line — Erving, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, McGovern, Steele — would be the fifth different group used this season. And it will be protecting the Cowboys’ backup quarterback, Andy Dalton, who will start his second game in place of injured Dak Prescott.

It’s a challenge for the coaches to put together a plan with a group that has not had much time together.


Cowboys hope Randy Gregory can answer pass-rush questions - Todd Archer, ESPN.com

RG94 likely to make his season debut on Sunday.

FRISCO, Texas — Despite being a second-round pick out of Nebraska in 2015, Dallas Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory remains a mystery mostly because of a series of suspensions from the NFL that have limited him to 28 of a potential 86 career games.

The last time Gregory was in a Cowboys uniform was for a 2018 divisional-round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams. Even with the long layoff, there are high hopes for his performance when he makes his 2020 debut Sunday against the Washington Football Team (1 p.m. ET, Fox).

The expectations might speak to the desperation of a Cowboys defense on pace to allow an NFL-record 581 points, or it might speak to Gregory’s ability.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott said Gregory last week was “lights out” and “hard to block” in practices. Coach Mike McCarthy and right guard Zack Martin made similar comments.

“Randy is a baller,” Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith said. “When he has the green light, it’s on.”


Three players outside the organization that could help the Cowboys turn their season around - Matt Holleran, Blogging the Boys

Trade for or trade away? Let’s get crazy!

Quinnen Williams, DT New York Jets

The first potential target would likely cost the most, but he also has the most upside. Just a year and a half ago, Quinnen Williams was selected third overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Alabama defensive lineman received high praise before and after the draft, via SB Nation.

Williams is so good and so unique that I don’t think I can come up with a current or former NFL player to compare him to. I’ve already said I don’t think its fair to compare any young defensive lineman to Aaron Donald, and that holds true for Williams as well. Hell, for as great as Williams’ 4.83 40 was, Donald ran his in a blazing 4.68!

But that doesn’t mean Williams isn’t a freak in his own right. I want you to try to think of a guy who was/is a big-time run stopper as a nose tackle in the NFL, who was also as much of a threat as a pass rusher as Williams is. Your list is probably going to be very, very short.

Despite coming into the league with tons of hype, Williams has not been able to live up his his high expectations during his brief NFL career. For a guy who received praise for his pass rush ability, the defensive tackle has recorded just 4.5 sacks in 19 career games. Williams has not graded out well as a pass rusher, receiving a rather pedestrian pass rush grade of 62, according to PFF.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones blasts report that anonymous players ripped coaching staff - Fox4

Jerry Jones has plenty to say about a report that took the world by storm earlier in the week.

DALLAS - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has called out the NFL Network report about anonymous players who criticized the team’s new coaching staff.

During his weekly radio show with 105.3 the Fan, Jones questioned the credibility of the report.

“It doesn’t add to anything. It doesn’t make me do anything other than almost smirk. Do you think it has any credibility? Think about it. Do you really think it has any credibility?” Jones said. “Do you actually think that those words could come out of your mouth, and you can’t say who gave you the information has any credibility? Think about it. It had none.”


Connor Williams Takes On New Veteran Role - Johnny Auping, DallasCowboys.com

Connor Williams now the lead dog for Cowboys offensive line.

FRISCO, Texas – In an ideal world — a world the Cowboys clearly aren’t living in this year —we might be talking about how far Connor Williams has progressed while playing alongside four of the best veterans you could ask to have your back. Last season Williams started 11 games while learning from Pro Bowl caliber players like Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, La’el Collins and Joe Looney.

When things started to go wrong last Monday against the Cardinals, Williams looked around and none of them were on the offensive line with him.

“Obviously we’d love to have those guys with us,” Williams said on Thursday. “But at the end of the day it’s about doing your job and your assignment and doing the most you can to help your team, and we have the right guys that I feel like we can do our job.”

There’s certainly some young talent left on the offensive line, but perhaps the biggest shock is that those 11 games Williams started are just about the only game experience the O-Line is putting out on the field. Whereas coming into the season the expectations for Williams might have been to simply keep developing into a starting-caliber player, now he’s going to have to be something of a leader in the group. He’ll have to look back to what those All-Pro players showed him when he was coming up as a Dallas Cowboy in this league.


Dallas Cowboys Fall to 2nd in NFC East, can Reclaim Lead With Week 7 Win - Brian Martin, Inside the Star

After a Philadelphia win on TNF, the Cowboys now fall to second place in NFC East.

The Dallas Cowboys have suddenly fallen from their perch atop the NFC East division after the Philadelphia Eagles Week 7 22-21 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys however still have a chance to reclaim the divisional lead if they can somehow beat the Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.

Current NFC East Divisional Standings

Philadelphia Eagles 2-4-1

Dallas Cowboys 2-4

Washington Football Team 1-5

New York Giants 1-6

A Week 7 victory for the Dallas Cowboys is anything but a sure thing. When the Cowboys and Washington play one another it’s always a slobber knocker type of game. I expect much of the same this week, despite how poorly both teams have been playing through the first six weeks of the 2020 season.

The Dallas Cowboys are unfortunately having to plug hole after pole due to injuries just to keep the ship from sinking already this season. Injuries have decimated their offensive line, lost them there starting QB, and caused a leaky secondary up to this point in the year. No doubt they are the walking wounded right now with little hope in sight.


Whitt’s End: The Emmitt Solution To The Zeke Problem - Richie Whitt, SI.com

Can Zeke be fixed?

In November 1991, Smith was on his way to the NFL rushing title and leading the upstart Dallas Cowboys to the initial playoff berth that would ignite their dynasty. But in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a football game in the Astrodome, Smith fumbled a win into a loss against the Houston Oilers.

In overtime, Smith ran for seven yards to the Oilers’ 18, more than comfortable for a game-winning field goal by Ken Willis. But he wanted more. Got greedy. He left his feet, trying to squeeze between two defenders. In doing so, he compromised his trademark ball security – turning his secure cradle into a flailing elbow – and was stripped by safety Bubba McDowell.

The Oilers recovered and drove for a field goal and a 26-23 win.

In Week 10, it was Emmitt’s first lost fumble of the season. In a Hall-of-Fame career in which he rushed for a seemingly unbreakable 18,355 yards, there wouldn’t be many more.

I remember talking to Emmitt in the post-game locker room. I never saw him more dejected.

“I take pride in not losing the ball,” he said. “Maybe I was trying too hard. It won’t happen again.”

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