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Cowboys News and Notes, 8/16/10: Marc Colombo out 2-4 weeks

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Colombo injured the knee at the end of practice and was replaced by rookie Sam Young.  It is interesting that the Cowboys went to Young over Robert Brewster.  It is also worth noting that it is Colombo’s right knee that is hurting.  As a right tackle, Colombo uses his left knee more for balance and to push back in pass protection.  Expect the aging veteran to return toward the pessimistic end of the 2-4 week timeline.

This is a tremendous opportunity with Dez Bryant sidelined and no previous returner standing out.  Bryan McCann did show some burst and comfortability last week on a punt return, but both jobs (punt and kick returner) are certainly up for grabs right now.  Further, McCann is no lock to make the team.

Dallas Morning News notes that Colombo, Romo, and Austin all had sub-par days, but there are two ways to look at this.  The other is that the defense is playing tremendously, which has certainly been the case through two preseason games.  They have top-five potential, but the key will be forcing turnovers.

Bennett has brought a lot of it on himself, but it’s a really good sign that he appears to be transferring his anger into playing hard on the football field.  He had a tremendous practice yesterday.  Bennett is really quite vital to the Cowboys, even with the team likely to implement more three-receiver sets this season.  His blocking ability is underrated to just about everyone except those within the organization (and Dallas Cowboys Times readers, of course).

Dallas will implement a new wrinkle this season with Felix Jones sweeping across the field for potential handoffs.  This was only a matter of time, as Jones did the same quite frequently at Arkansas.  I’ve explained before why I think the Cowboys should use more “Razorback” in 2010, particularly in short-yardage situations.

Most definitely, although there are certain things which can translate to the regular season.  Mental errors, for example, should be limited no matter the time of year.  Playcalling, on the other hand, is very “vanilla” right now and doesn’t really resemble what we will see in the regular season.

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3 Responses to Cowboys News and Notes, 8/16/10: Marc Colombo out 2-4 weeks

  1. Willis says:

    I’m always weary about reading too much into the pre-season, however the play of Colombo last game is worrisome. I’ll be intrigued to see if Alex Barron can step up while Colombo rehabs and grab the starting job. I believe the money says colombo will play, but an aging lineman can only handle so many knee injuries.

  2. Well, I think the Cowboys really value Colombo’s toughness in the run game on the right side. I can’t see Barron taking his spot due to that factor. Replacing Adams and Colombo with Free and Barron would just be too much of a downgrade in the run game, even with the improvement in pass pro. But yes, his play has me worried as well.

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