Much to the relief of Cowboys fans, right tackle Marc Colombo has deemed himself ready to go for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Colombo missed last week's game while continuing his rehab from arthroscopic surgery Aug. 16 to remove five loose particles in his right knee.
"I’m going to get back out there today and work out," Colombo said Thursday. "I have every intention of playing this weekend."
In Colombo's absence, Alex Barron was called for three holding penalties, including one that negated a touchdown on the game's final play. Colombo has only four holding penalties in his career.
Asked how badly the Cowboys need him back in the lineup, Colombo said, "I don’t know anything about that. All I know is I just want to go out there and help my team the best way I can. I worked really hard to get back, and it’s an honor to get out there and play with my teammates, and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got."
Colombo will play his former team, the Chicago Bears, who made him the 29th overall pick in 2002. His career in Chicago was derailed by a freak injury that took him two years to return from. Although Colombo struggled in last year's playoff games after he returned from a fractured left fibula and high-ankle sprain, and has now had multiple knee operations, he has no doubt he can return to the dominant player he was for the Cowboys in 2006-08.
"No doubt," Colombo said. "What was in my knee was kind of keeping me from doing what I needed to do. I didn’t want to [have surgery], because I was hurt last year. It’s good to do what I did, and I’m hoping that’s going to get me playing at the level I’m used to playing at."
-- Charean Williams