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Cowboys Rookie FB Out for Season

July 29, 2002

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Dallas Cowboys rookie fullback Jamar Martin, the team’s fourth-round pick, will miss this season after tearing ligaments in his right knee Monday.

Martin made an impressive block on linebacker Khary Campbell during the team’s first session with live tackling. As the play continued, another player fell on Martin’s right calf and twisted his leg.

``It is disappointing from our standpoint because he was making a lot of progress in a relatively short amount of time,″ Cowboys coach Dave Campo said. ``We like Jamar and think he has a future, just not this year.″

Campo said Martin would have surgery ``in the near future.″

The Cowboys drafted the 5-foot-11, 244-pound Martin out of Ohio State to provide depth at fullback. They also expected him to compete with Robert Thomas for the starting job as the lead blocker for Emmitt Smith, who is just 540 yards shy of becoming the NFL’s career rushing leader.

Dallas considered Martin, the 129th pick overall, the best blocking fullback available in the draft.

``It’s an unfortunate incident,″ Campo said. ``We felt he had a chance to help us this year.″

Martin is the second Cowboys drafted rookie lost for the season because of torn knee ligaments. Tight end Bob Slowikowski, one of three sixth-round picks, injured his right knee during a minicamp in May.

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