The Cowboys welcomed back two offensive linemen who have been missing since training camp on Wednesday as ORT Marc Colombo and OLG Kyle Kosier practiced for the first time in a month.
The two O-line starters both suffered knee injuries in training camp and have been out ever since. ORT Alex Barron and OLG Montrae Holland have struggled at times to replace them and the Cowboys' offense has had a tough time putting points on the board.
If all goes well this week, the Cowboys are hopeful that both Colombo and Kosier will be able to play Sunday against the Bears in the home opener. Just in case, Dallas gave Barron and Holland first-team snaps during practice, too.
"Certainly having Kosier and Colombo, guys who have been starters for us for the last three years, back in the lineup will help," Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said. "We'll see how they do in practice, but the other guys have to be ready to go."
The way we see it
The return of two starters can do nothing but bolster the offensive line in its protection of QB Tony Romo and its run-blocking for Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice.
Holland has not done a bad job filling in for Kosier, so that move will be more subtly felt. However, Colombo can't return fast enough for the team and its fans as Barron is coming off a disastrous Week One that saw him be flagged for a false-start penalty and three holding calls, including one on the final play of the game that negated the game-winning touchdown.