FRISCO, Texas – When the Dallas Cowboys open their mandatory minicamp next week, coach Jason Garrett isn’t sure Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin or defensive tackle David Irving will be in attendance.
Players are subject to a fine of $84,435 if they miss all three days of the minicamp.
Martin is hoping for a long-term contract as he is slated to play 2018 on the fifth-year option worth $9.3 million. He did not take part in the organized team activities but worked out with the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coaches.
Irving has been, “in and out over the course of these OTAs,” according to Garrett, dealing with personal issues. He was accused of domestic violence in April by a former girlfriend, who later recanted the accusation.
He took to Instagram on Wednesday, saying, "I wish the media would tell the truth about why I'm really not at OTAs," he wrote. "I wonder if they even know the real reason? There is no football, if there's no me ... Gotta help yourself before you help others right? Just stay tuned for the damn season.”
“He’s been handling some different things in his life right now,” Garrett said, “so he has not been a regular participant in the offseason program. When he’s been here we have not put him into practice. We’ve had him run on the side.”
Martin could show up for the minicamp but not participate in all of the drills.
“He’s in great shape,” Garrett said. “He’s been in our program all year long and he’s working on the side with our strength coaches right now and just doing a great job. He’s a professional so if he’s here we’ll be mindful of that, that he hasn’t practiced yet. We wouldn’t put him in a situation he can’t handle, but he can handle most things.”