The Cowboys got a scare during Tuesday’s practice when Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin went to the ground in obvious pain.
Martin will have his neck examined, but the early diagnosis is a stinger.
“We will check him out real good and see,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Obviously, it’s scary for everybody. Hopefully, he is going to be fine.”
Martin stayed on the ground for an extended amount of time, and as doctors tended to him, most of the team’s starting players huddled around him to check on him. Owner Jerry Jones came down from his tower between the two fields. After Martin walked off the field on his own power, Jerry Jones walked into the training room to check on him.
“It’s always a scare if a guy goes down,” rookie guard La’el Collins said. “You’re always concerned. I’m happy to find out he’s OK.”
Martin became the latest player on the team’s injury report, with the Cowboys especially hard hit in their offensive and defensive lines. At one point in their joint practice with the Rams on Tuesday, the Cowboys had only one starting offensive lineman on the field.
Left guard Ron Leary will undergo an MRI on his back. Right tackle Doug Free, who had off-season foot surgery, has been in and out of the lineup. Left tackle Tyron Smith remains out with a biceps injury.
“You cross your fingers every day you walk out here,” Stephen Jones said. “That’s a big part of it is getting your team to the first game and getting them through training camp. We obviously have a big injury list right now. Over half our team has something they are getting treated [for] right now.
“Now, as you well know, a lot of these injuries and people missing practice is us being conservative in terms of us not letting them get out here and letting the injury escalate.”
The Cowboys cut short some of their work with the Rams because of their extensive injury list, which now includes tight end Gavin Escobar (concussion) and receiver Cole Beasley (Achilles).
Tony Romo sat out the walk-through Tuesday morning, but he was full-go for practice against the Rams in the afternoon. It was the first time since 2013 he practiced four consecutive days.
Romo has taken only three practice days off during the three weeks of training camp thus far. The team has an off day today.
“If you do things the right way, you do your rehab and you work your butt off and strengthen all the areas around it, you can go for extended periods of time if you have time off leading off to that, which we had,” Romo said, referring to a three-day break that included the preseason opener he sat out. “… It feels good.”
Romo, 35, had a full off-season for the first time since 2012. He had surgery to remove a cyst in his back during the 2013 off-season, and surgery for a herniated disk prematurely ended his 2013 season.
“He’s in a different place right now than he was the last couple of years,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’ll take his situation day by day just like we would any player on our team, and he’s certainly made progress. Obviously he’s an important part of our football team, and it’s good to have him out there.”
Cowboys running back Darren McFadden got banged around in the joint practice with the Rams, losing his helmet at one point. He could not have felt better afterward.
It’s the first time in training camp that McFadden has participated in 11-on-11 drills.
“It definitely felt good,” McFadden said. “I like the contact so anytime I can get in there and try to lower my pads on somebody I love it.”
McFadden missed most of the off-season program with a right hamstring injury. He tweaked his left hamstring a week before training camp started.
The Cowboys removed him from the physically unable to perform list Saturday.
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