The most uncertain position on an otherwise solid Dallas Cowboys’ offense got more precarious at the end of today’s training camp practice.
Free agent signing Chuma Edoga, who should play an important role on the offensive line even if he’s not a starter, was carted off the field. Edoga went down holding his knee after a rep during the team portion of practice.
Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Gehlken had a sharp eye observing Edoga favoring his right knee earlier in practice. Moments later, Edoga was on the ground holding the same knee.
Cowboys injury update: Chuma Edoga carted off at training camp Thursday
Gehlken later reported that two people familiar with the initial diagnosis stated Edoga’s injury was a hyperextended right knee. There’s no official word on the injury or Edoga’s availability for Saturday’s preseason game with Jacksonville.
The Cowboys have not had their projected starting offensive line on the field together during training camp because of Zack Martin’s holdout for a new contract.
Jerry Jones has stated Martin will not receive more money, and Edoga is a potential fill-in should Martin miss any regular season action.
WFAA reporter Mike Leslie tweeted that a group of Cowboys fans broke out a “Pay Zack Martin!” chant at the end of practice today.
The Cowboys have monitored Tyron Smith’s workload, whose oft-injured back was tightening up on him this week. And starting center Tyler Biadasz is dealing with a minor ankle injury.
At least none of these injuries have been long term, and team officials still expect Zack Martin to report before the season starts.
But it’s hard not to have a little concern about the Cowboys’ offensive line given the uncertainty surrounding the position group throughout camp. With that, the pressure on Dallas to find a solution to Martin's contract dilemma has increased ten fold.