Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb lost his sense of taste and smell after testing positive for COVID-19 – Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News

The lamb will be ready to go on Thursday.

“It has always been a serious situation for me,” he said on Sunday.

When Lamb was placed on the Reserve / COVID-19 list on August 23, it was another reminder of the effects of the virus.

The 22-year-old said he lost his smell and taste after testing positive.

“I wake up and brush my teeth (and) I couldn’t taste my toothpaste for a week,” Lamb said.

Later he added, “But I was like waiting, a minute, I literally stopped and looked at myself in the mirror and I was like, whoa. Alright, I could taste it again. It was mint (toothpaste). Imagine not tasting mint for a week and then figuring out like, wow, you really can’t taste anything. “

Before Lamb was taken off the COVID list, he stayed in shape by running around his neighborhood on his own. Lamb said he’s feeling better and ready for Thursday’s season opener in Tampa Bay.

Cowboys’ Zack Martin to miss opening game against Bucs after being placed on COVID-19 roster – Adam Wells, Bleacher Report

A difficult road just got a little more rocky.

By ESPN Todd archer, Martin will miss Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list.

Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Martin has tested positive for the virus. It is not known if the six-time Pro Bowler has been vaccinated.

Martin’s loss adds to the problems facing the Dallas offensive line at the start of Week 1. Right tackle La’el Collins returns to practice on Sunday after faded away more than a week with a sting in the neck.

However, left tackle Tyron Smith made tell reporters last week, “it’s been a while since I felt this good” after missing 14 games last season with a neck injury that required surgery.

Dallas Cowboys: 3 Season Opening Things to Watch Out For – Joey Pollizze, The Landry Hat

Three things to remember.

As a result, there’s probably more this team need to do than just pick up the former Rookie of the Year. Running back Ezekiel Elliott needs to step up his game in 2021, especially after running for just 979 yards last season.

Not only does Prescott need to come back healthy, the Dallas Cowboys defense probably needs to be a lot better. Last season, that defense ranked at the bottom of the league in almost every category. They ranked 28th for points allowed per game (29.6), 31st for rushing yards allowed (158.8) and 25th for opposing yards per completion (11.1).

However, this season there is arguably a new and improved Cowboys defense set to take shape. Adding players like linebacker Micah Parsons, linebacker Keanu Neal, safety Damontae Kazee and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins will likely help this defense immensely. According to Dallas Depth Map on ESPN, America’s Team a five new starters in defense a season ago.

Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds, line, predictions: 2021 NFL kickoff game pick from proven expert aged 27-18 – CBS Sports Staff, CBS Sports

If you are a bettor, this may interest you.

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a 7.5 point favorite in recent Cowboys vs. Caesars Buccaneers sport bets, while the over-under for the total points scored is 51.5. Before making any Buccaneers vs Cowboys picks, be sure to check out the NFL expert predictions from SportsLine NFL expert Emory Hunt.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has provided analysis for all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from the player’s point of view.

Hunt has been very successful in games involving the Cowboys. In fact, he’s on a 27-18 record on his NFL ATS picks involving Dallas, earning players over $ 700 to $ 100. Whoever followed him is very high.

Overview: 5 Scenarios for Cowboys and Buccaneers – Kyle Youmans – DallasCowboys.com

The plots are plentiful.

The offensive line was a huge question mark last season and heading into 2021 it still has its share of concerns. The Cowboys will likely be without Zack Martin, who has been placed on the COVID-19 / Reserved list. Head coach Mike McCarthy virtually ruled him out for Thursday’s game. This means Connor McGovern will likely start right guard for Martin. La’el Collins missed all season last year with a hip injury, but even though he’s returned to action this offseason his availability is uncertain due to a neck sting which limited him to training for the past two weeks. Collins was able to train with the Cowboys on Sunday, facing Tyron Smith, who also missed most of last year with a neck and back injury, but said he was feeling better than ever as the season approaches.

When Thursday comes, it will be a total of 333 days since Dak Prescott has played any type of football live. First off, it was an open ankle fracture that put him on the sidelines from week 5 until the start of training camp at Oxnard. Then it was a shoulder sprain he suffered in the camp’s first padded workout that kept him away from any pre-season action and a significant amount of training time. before the new season. Finally, Prescott makes his full comeback and brings new hope for offense and leadership. Outside of injury history, this week will be the first time in nearly three full years that he has taken the field without any questions regarding his contract after signing a 4-year, $ 160 million contract this summer.

Connor McGovern prepares to start for Martin – Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com

His trainer says he is more than up to the task.

“He will definitely be ready for this opportunity,” said McCarthy. “Excellent work ethic. I thought he finished last year as one of the best players in our offensive line at the end of the season. … Certainly one of the bright spots of an offseason where we had a lot of bright spots.

McGovern had a rough start to his career, to say the least. He missed his entire rookie season in 2019 because of a torn pectoral muscle suffered during his second OTA practice. After rehab with the athletic training staff that season, he returned to good health in 2020 but went through a shortened training camp without preseason games due to the pandemic.

Still, McGovern showed signs of progress with his first shots on the pitch last year. He actually made eight starts at right guard – six because of Martin’s injuries and two because the Cowboys moved Martin to the right tackle to sort out depth issues on the rim.

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