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August 29, 2011

Holland back at practice but Oline is probably set with three first-year starters

Veteran guard Montrae Holland returned to practice Monday after being out since the first week of camp with hamstring, back and conditioning issues.

He practiced with the first team at right guard in place of the injured Kyle Kosier and will play against Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

But it appears Holland has returned to late to salvage any hopes cracking the Cowboys starting lineup per the plan when camp opened a month ago.

Kosier is entrenched at right guard. He is being held out for precautionary reasons. 

Rookie Bill Nagy has been solid in two starts as the left guard and seemingly set there.

Add in second-year center Phil Costa, who has replaced the departed Andre Gurode, rookie top pick Tyron Smith at right tackle to go along with Kosier and left tackle Doug Free and the offensive line is in place for the opener against the Jets, according to coach Jason Garrett.

"The guys who have been working with the ones throughout training camp will be the guys we anticipate being in the starting lineup when we play the Jets," Garrett said.

The Cowboys are now looking for Holland to reprise his role of the past two seasons as a trusty veteran backup, Garrett said.  

Clarence E. Hill  




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