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The Cowboys have experienced a plethora of injuries already this preseason, particularly along the offensive line. Right tackle Marc Colombo will be questionable for the season-opener in Washington, while left guard Kyle Kosier is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL. Robert Brewster and Montrae Holland will be starting in their respective places for what will likely be the remainder of the preseason.
With both players struggling in the first two games, the questions arises: should Dallas bench Romo? Sure, he wants to play and could probably benefit a bit from doing so, but is the small reward worth the major risk? You tell us. . .
Left guard and backup center Kyle Kosier suffered a sprained MCL in this morning’s practice. He will be out 4-6 weeks, meaning he will be unable to play in the season opener in Washington (and likely beyond).
The multitude of injuries for the Cowboys, particularly on the offensive line, is become a real concern. Right tackle Marc Colombo is out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury and swing tackle Alex Barron is also out with a sprained ankle.
Kosier’s injury, though, may just be the most devastating. At age 31, Kosier isn’t a pup anymore. He could realistically be out the full six weeks, meaning he would miss the first three games of the regular season.
Meanwhile, both Colombo and Barron should be back for Week One. At worst, Barron, an experienced tackle, would be back and ready to fill in for Colombo.
Montrae Holland will step in as the Cowboys’ starting left guard. Holland has some experience, but he’s an obvious downgrade from Kosier, a player I believe is one of the Cowboys’ most underrated. I gave him a “B” in my 2009 Offensive Line Grades, including a “B+” in pass protection. He allowed only one sack all season.
With the Cowboys’ backup center now likely to miss the first few games of the season, the chance of Phil Costa making the team has increased. I actually predicted he would make it either way in Version 3.0 of my 53-man roster projections.
An injury to starting center Andre Gurode would be crippling to the Cowboys, as their opening day starters could potentially include just one player from the rather healthy ’09 offensive line (right guard Leonard Davis).