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October 24, 2011

Montrae Holland to remain starter at left guard after strong outing

There are number of factors that contributed to the Cowboys’ 294 yard rushing performance against the Rams.

Rookie running back DeMarco Murray gets much of the credit after his team record 253 yard out put.

But also give guard Montrae Holland his due. Starting just a few re-signing with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Holland was a big part of strong push up front to pave the way for Murray.

 Holland, who was cut by the Cowboys before the season opener, was re-signed after Bill Nagy suffered a season ending fractured ankle. Although veteran Derrick Dockery is set to return this week after missing the last five games with a sprained knee and fractured tibia, Holland will remain in the starting lineup.

“For now he’s the starting left guard going forward, absolutely,” coach Jason Garrett said, “and again one of the concerns was what his conditioning was going to be like not having played and I think he showed he can do that. He can be football ready.” 

Holland played 65 snaps after practicing just three times last week. He spent the previous six weeks working out with LeCharles Bentley, losing 10 pounds and returning at the player the Cowboys thought they were getting at the start of training camp.

Holland, who spent the last three years with the Cowboys, was tabbed to be a starter before camp when Leonard Davis was released. But he came to camp out of shape and then suffered back and hamstring injuries forcing him to miss the bulk of the preseason.

The Cowboys lost patience and released him once they got a chance to sign Dockery. 

“As you know he was kind of penciled in be the starter but he pulled a hamstring and missed a lot of time and when you miss time in training camp, particularly when you don’t have an offseason, you can get behind,” Garrett said. “Particularly if you’re a big guy and conditioning is so important. It’s good to see. He got away from it a little bit, got himself in really good condition and has come back and he really added a lot to our team.”

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