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Hurting O-Line

Posted By David Willow On Aug 21 2010 @ 12:53 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

The Cowboys are a little over two weeks into the preseason and have already lost two starting offensive linemen. This area that has been viewed as a strength coming into the season is now seemingly in question.

Marc Colombo needs to have surgery on his knee to have cartilage removed and should back in a few weeks and probably for the season opener. Then Kyle Kosier sprained his MCL which will leave him out for 4-6 weeks. These injuries to the line could leave the Cowboys vulnerable on the line during the first couple of games. Colombo will probably be back in time for the season opener, and Koiser will likely miss the first couple of games leaving Motrae Holland in his place.

The loss on the line coupled with the loss of tight ends John Phillips and Scott Sicko, who both showed good blocking ability, could cause some instability on the line during the rest of the preseason games. It will likely take awhile for DajLeon Farr, Jason Pociask, and newly acquired Martin Rucker to adjust to their duties as they will be backing up Jason Witten until Martellus Bennett is healthy and Robert Brewster, in his second year starting for Colombo, will need tight end help on his side.

With two starters on the line out, the Cowboys will have a lot of inexperience on the line in the rest of the preseason games. You can probably expect a lot of blitzing from other teams to test the backup linemen and a more closed up offense that will have to run tight end support for the unpolished and inexperienced parts of the line. The thinning of the playbook may cause the Cowboys to have to ease into the season a little slower offensively, since they may not be able to stretch and flex their offensive muscle as much during preseason.

Of course this won’t mean the implosion of the team and it is only preseason games, but it does leave a bit of uncertainty coming into the season about the ability of the offensive line to stay healthy and to have them remain a constant for a team with high expectations. Maybe in the end the experience will be good for the team’s depth chart or maybe it’ll just raise more questions about an aging line.

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