Early in the second half, the Cowboys began to force their will on the Commanders with two quick stops from the defense.

After a three-and-out from Washington, quarterback Cooper Rush threw a 45-yard strike to wide receiver Noah Brown.

After the big gain, the heart dropped in Dallas as seven-time All-Pro right guard Jack Martin was in pain from a right ankle injury.

Martin tried to stay on the field but teammates called to the sideline for trainers. Following a brief check with Martin, he headed to the sideline under his own power.

Martin has been the anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since he was drafted in 2014 and even his minor injuries had Dallas holding their breath.

Martin spent time with trainers on the sideline, but it was a short visit and he is ready to return to the field. Martin appeared to have collided with teammate Tyler Smith at the end of a play.

Jourdan Lewis is the usual starter as the nickel corner, but his groin problem in pregame pushes Bland, a fifth-round rookie who experienced a good training.

OCT 2 INACTIVES The Cowboys have named their captains for today vs. the Commanders and have released their inactives.

he inactives: QB Dak Prescott (thumb), S Jayron Kearse (knee) WR Jalen Tolbert, LB Devin Harper, T Matt Waletzko and CB Nahshon Wright.

which of course means Michael Gallup, Dalton Schultz and, in a bit of a surprise, Connor McGovern, are officially active today.