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FRISCO, Texas-A case of good and not-so-good news for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday: Six-hour Pro Bowl right-back Zack Martin has been removed from the reserve list / COVID-19 list, but passer rushes Randy Gregory has been placed on the list and wide receiver Michael Gallup was placed on injured reserve with a calf strain.
Martin did not play in the season-opening loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he could not produce two negative tests separated by 24 hours to play. He’s back for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but it’s not clear what position he will play, as real tackle La’el Collins will miss the first of five games after being suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
Gregory’s availability for the Chargers game is in doubt. He has tested positive for COVID-19, but may return as soon as he produces two negative tests separated by 24 hours because he is asymptomatic and vaccinated, according to a source.
Gallup suffered the strain in the second half of the Tampa Bay game after catching four passes for 36 yards. A source said last week he could miss three to five weeks due to the injury. By being placed on injured reserve, he will miss at least the next three games.
Cedrick Wilson replaces Gallup as the number 3 recipient.
“No problems, no worries,” said offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. “He’s the helper. He knows a little bit of everything. It was clear you saw him Thursday night when he was going in there, and I felt we did not miss a beat.”
Moore was not ready to tell how the Cowboys, who also activated offensive lineman Brandon Knight from the COVID list, would replace Collins. Martin started two games with the right tackle a year ago due to a series of injuries along the offensive line, but the Cowboys could look at Ty Nsekhe or Terence Steele as the right starting tackle.
“Today is Monday, it’s all open for discussion, and we’ll see where that leads us,” Moore said.
Gregory is the 10th Cowboy to be placed on the COVID list since the start of training camp, joining Martin, receiving CeeDee Lamb, safety Damontae Kazee, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, wide receiver Noah Brown, guard Connor Williams, safety Malik Hooker, security Israel Mukuamu and Knight.