Cowboys fans and the media left Saturday’s preseason game versus the Bengals with a feeling of collective anxiety. And it had nothing to do with the fact that Cincinnati prevailed with a 21-13 victory at AT&T Stadium.
It was a rough night as Dallas suffered a breakout of injuries. Right guard Zack Martin came out of the contest with a knee injury, overshadowing everything else that happened on the field.
However, Jason Garrett expressed hopefulness that it’s not going to be a huge problem for the Cowboys’ offense.
“The doctors were somewhat optimistic based on the initial evaluation,” Garrett said. “But we’ll see more tomorrow.”
And so the Cowboys wait and hope to hear a good MRI report.
Elsewhere, safety Xavier Woods left the game with a hamstring issue. Those tend to be more straight forward in that they require rest to heal. Garrett will likely give an update on the severity of Woods’s hamstring injury and we’ll wait to see if he can be ready by the season-opener.
On the good news side, quarterback Dak Prescott had another efficient game. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also led a drive for a field goal, so the Cowboys scored on two of the three series he played.
Garrett said Prescott “looked very comfortable and confident.”
Just like in the preseason opener versus San Francisco, the Cowboys’ defense posted a stellar first half. This time the Dallas D shut out the Bengals for the first two quarters and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie came up with an interception.
Again, we’re playing the waiting game on Martin’s injury. But if he checks out ok, the Cowboys can look back on this preseason game as another confidence builder.