Marc Colombo is projected to miss 2 to 4 weeks after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles in his knee. Colombo may return prior to the start of the season. Alex Barron will probably start in the regular season if healthy. Robert Brewster is scheduled to play against the San Diego Chargers, but I could easily see Sam Young being given an opportunity to prove him self against the Houston Texans the following week.
Kyle Kosier sprained his right knee today and is expected to be out for 4 to 6 weeks (or as late as September 29). Kosier could miss as many as three games and then have the benefit of an extra week as the Cowboys bye is in the 4th week of the season. Kosier will be replaced by Montrae Holland. The same Montrae Holland that was not re-signed in the offseason until it was determined that no other team had any interest. That’s not fair, but he was a free agent in all of March and April before re-signing with the Cowboys on April 28. Holland does have the advantage of not having a learning curve as he has been with the Cowboys in the same system since 2008.
Free, Gurode, and Davis remain healthy. There is a bright side, though you have to look really hard. Young players will have more opportunities to play and improve. There are still three pre-season weeks for the offensive line to gel and learn to communicate before the first game of the season. The most difficult part to playing offensive line is recognizing what is in front of you, who to block, which gaps are your responsibility in a given situation, recognizing twists as well as blitz packages. It’s not as simple as pointing to one guy and blocking him.
Looking at the Cowboys regular season schedule, it may be Cowboys still appear to be the better team on paper. They will play against the Washington Redskins in week one. I still like DeMarcus Ware to dominate Trent Williams. While Donovan McNabb has beaten the Cowboys on a number of occasions, the Cowboys are 4-1 against McNabb in their last five games.
The Chicago Bears come to town the following week. While the Bears offensive lineman haven’t sustained a myriad of injuries, they were not very good last year. Seemingly the Bears improved their talent at every position, except where it was most needed (the o-line). The Cowboys have a chance to have their line in tact the following week with a record of 2-0.
There is a storm on the horizon, but if the Cowboys prepare, they won’t be as vulnerable.