IRVING, Texas -- Zack Martin did not practice all week because of a sprained right ankle but the Dallas Cowboys' rookie right guard is encouraged he will be able to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Martin was able to do some on-field rehab on Friday for the first time and said the ankle felt good. He is listed as questionable on the injury report. Martin suffered the injury in last week’s win against the Philadelphia Eagles. While he was able to finish the game with a hefty tape job over his cleat, he was limping badly after the game.
IRVING, Texas – Earlier in the week ESPN.com assembled reporters from NFL Nation and NFL Insiders to discuss the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. The focus was on Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt and, yes, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray. Packers NFL Nation reporter Rob Demovsky gave this assessment of Murray’s chances: He absolutely should be on the list, and around the midseason point he probably was considered one of the front runners.
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is on the practice field for the third straight day, but the right side of the offensive line -- tackle Doug Free and guard Zack Martin -- isn’t. Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he is “pretty positive,” Murray and Martin will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Cowboys are not as sure about Free.
The smoothest route to the playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys is to win the NFC East and with two games left, they are in control. But now they have to play a game at AT&T Stadium, where they are 3-4 on the season. As palatial as the stadium is, the Cowboys have been incredibly ineffective there. Tony Romo has a career-best 80.2 QBR, but in his last two home outings he has a 17 Total QBR and the Cowboys lost both games. Romo has been aided by the running game, but that could be challenged this week with the status of DeMarco Murray.