The Dallas Cowboys got back one All-Pro offensive lineman, but may have lost another one against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Cowboys guard Zack Martin had to leave the field in second quarter with a head injury. He was examined by an independent neurologist and he is out for the rest of the game, according to CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson.
Joe Looney will be the Cowboys’ right guard for the rest of the game.
The Cowboys were without left tackle Tyron Smith in their previous two losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. He is on the field against the Chargers, and has provided much needed improvement in pass protection.
However, the offense has still struggled with only 84 yards of offense and 5 first downs in the first half. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has completed 9-10 passes, but only has 46 yards in the air on the day.
Martin, like Smith, has been named first-team All-Pro twice and made multiple Pro Bowls. Clearly his presence will be missed against the Chargers, and if can’t return to the field in the immediate future.
Regardless, Prescott is going to have take more chances down the field in the passing game. He doesn’t have the type of defense backing him up that allows him to rely on field-position to win games.