The Dallas Cowboys offensive will be getting a boost with the return of guard Zack Martin.
He has cleared concussion protocol and will play on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport’s source.
Martin has started every game for the Cowboys this season, and every game since they selected him with the 16th-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, he suffered a head injury in the second quarter of their Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers and was not able to return to the field.
Injury and suspension has put the Cowboys’ offense in neutral in recent weeks. Running back Ezekiel Elliott will be out until Christmas Eve as he continues to serve his six-game suspension for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. It began Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Cowboys were also without left tackle Tyron Smith for that game, and the next one against the Philadelphia Eagles. They have lost three games in a row, and have only scored 2 touchdowns during that span.
With quarterback Dak Prescott struggling, the Cowboys will have to rely on their offensive line even more than usual to defeat Washington.
That will only happen if all five starters are available to play.