The Dallas Cowboys announced on their website that two players have undergone surgery.
Right guard Zack Martin had a scope on his right elbow, which will sideline him for the Pro Bowl later this month, and defensive tackle Maliek Collins had surgery on his left foot to address a stress reaction.
Martin and Collins didn’t miss any games this season because of the injuries, and are expected to be ready when the off-season program begins in April.
Martin had arguably his best season in the NFL. He gave up just one sack and wasn’t penalized while starting all 16 games. Martin has been selected to the Pro Bowl all four of his seasons in the NFL, and was named second-team All-Pro earlier this month.
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Martin, 27, and the Cowboys have expressed mutual interest in signing a long-term deal this off-season. Martin is under contract through next season as the Cowboys exercised their fifth-year option on him. He’s set to make $9.3 million in 2018.
Collins started every game this season. He spent time as the under tackle when David Irving served an suspension to start the season and missed games later in the year due to a concussion. When Irving was available, Collins played nose tackle.
Collins finished his second season being credited with 18 tackles and 25 quarterback pressures by the coaching staff, along with 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.
Along with Martin, left tackle Tyron Smith is not expected to participate in the all-star game. Smith missed three games this season — two with a groin injury, and the regular-season finale with a knee injury. Smith lasted just three plays in the Dec. 24 game vs. Seattle, too, as he tried to play through the knee injury.
The Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 28 in Orlando. Center Travis Frederick and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence are the other Pro Bowl players from the Cowboys.
As expected, Rich Bisaccia is reuniting with Jon Gruden in Oakland. At his introductory news conference, Gruden confirmed that Bisaccia would become the Raiders’ special teams coordinator.
Bisaccia had that role with the Cowboys since 2013, but the organization let him out of his contract to join his former boss, Gruden, in Oakland. Bisaccia spent nine years in Tampa Bay from 2002-10, coinciding with Gruden’s tenure there (2002-08).
Bisaccia is the fifth coach to depart this off-season. Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley left to become the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Missouri; secondary coach Joe Baker and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson have been told their contracts won’t be renewed; and tight ends coach Steve Loney plans to retire.
Running backs coach Gary Brown is also on an expiring contract, as is linebackers coach Matt Eberflus. It’s unknown whether either will return at this point.