It’s not that Travis Frederick needed to introduce himself to Joe Looney, but not seeing Zack Martin to his right on Thanksgiving against the Los Angeles Chargers threw off the Dallas Cowboys’ All-Pro center a little.
“It is bizarre,” Frederick said, noting changes the past few years at left guard including Ronald Leary, La’el Collins, Chaz Green and Jonathan Cooper. “But having somebody that’s been a stalwart not there, it’s interesting to say the least.”
Since 2014 when the Cowboys drafted Martin in the first round, they have been on the field together for 3,813 of 3,866 snaps over the past four seasons. Forty-seven of the snaps have come this season.
Martin suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the Chargers and did not return, playing 20 of 55 offensive snaps before being replaced by Looney. With a big lead against the San Francisco 49ers, Martin played in 63 of the 75 offensive snaps.
He had a helmet-to-helmet collision while pulling on a Rod Smith run. He briefly took a knee to gather himself but made it back to the huddle and played the next four snaps.
“I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t know what it was,” Frederick said. “He was kind of late to coming back to the huddle and usually he’s a quick guy back to the huddle. I said, ‘Are you OK?’ I didn’t see what happened, so I didn’t know and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m good,’ and he went forward. I didn’t think anything of it on the sideline.”
With the Chargers in possession, Martin went through the concussion testing and eventually went back to the locker room before being ruled out.
The good news for Frederick — and the Cowboys — Martin went through a limited portion of Monday’s practice, which is a sign he will be available Thursday against the Washington Redskins.
He has not missed a game in his career.