As of Tuesday afternoon, Zack Martin will be unavailable for when the Cowboys take on the Buccaneers this Thursday. Owner Jerry Jones is optimistic about his availability, though.
Martin could play if he’s able to pass two COVID-19 tests in a 24-hour span and be symptom free for two days. If he’s unable to pass the checklist, he’ll be ruled out for the Buccaneers game on Thursday Night Football.
Jones spoke to 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing situation with Martin. In doing so, he broke down the protocols Martin is facing and what he has to clear to play on Thursday.
“The facts are we’ve got a protocol,” Jones said, via DallasCowboys.com. “(Martin) will do the testing that’s called for in the protocol, a couple of negative tests over the next two to three days would have him available. It is nothing to compare it to because each individual has its own situation regarding this testing. As you know, we’ve had people test positive and have false positive. This isn’t more likely the case, but I’m giving you the reason I can’t give you a firm answer.”
With that being said, Jones doesn’t think Martin will play.
McCarthy on Martin: "I don't think Zack's going to play in the game, but at the same time, I'm following the guidelines of the protocol."
— Josh Clark (@JoshClark1053) September 7, 2021
If Zack Martin is unable to give it a go, Connor McGovern will start in his place.
The Cowboys would love nothing more than to start the 2021 season out on the right note. But such a quest will prove difficult without Martin.
Dallas takes on the Buccaneers this Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.