FRISCO, Texas -- If the Dallas Cowboys want to know about the health of Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, they might want to check with his brother in-law. He just happens to be the Cowboys All-Pro right guard Zack Martin.
Martin married Eifert's sister, Morgan, in July.
Eifert has yet to play this season because of an ankle injury suffered at the Pro Bowl where he was Martin's teammate. The hope was he could potentially play Sunday but he suffered a back injury that kept him out of Wednesday's practice.
“No, she's not conflicted,” Martin said of Sunday's game at AT&T Stadium between the Cowboys and Bengals. “No.”
Martin and Eifert were roommates during their time at Notre Dame. It wasn't until their junior years that Martin was introduced to Eifert's sister.
“It'll be cool,” Martin said of the matchup. “I mean he plays offense. It'll be good to see him after the game but we obviously won't be lining up against each other.”
On a normal week, Martin has to buy only a handful of tickets for his parents or some college buddies. This week, his family and his wife's family, plus family friends will be at the game.
“It'll be a fun weekend,” Martin said.
Is Eifert at least helping defer some of the costs of the tickets?
“He should,” Martin said, “but, no, he's not.”
Martin was quick to deflect attention to the game, rather than the family affair.
“Yeah let's talk some football here,” Martin said.