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September 01, 2012

Garrett says Cowboys made educated guess with Coale, hopeful of another chance to develop him

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it was an educated guess in releasing fifth-round pick Danny Coale and keeping Andre Holmes, but he said hopefully the Cowboys get a chance to keep working with Coale.

“You make these educated guesses. You try as best you can to make the best decision for your football team and go forward,” Garrett said Saturday at Valley Ranch. “Hopefully, we can continue to develop Andre, and who knows about Danny going forward? Hopefully we can develop him in some capacity as well.”

The Cowboys are clearly hoping Coale can get through waivers and be signed to their practice squad. That would give them a chance to get more work for him, which they didn’t get to do in the OTAs and minicamp because of the broken foot he suffered in May. Shortly after he got healthy enough to practice in training camp, he suffered a quadriceps injury.

“I think he only practiced one OTA practice, and then all through training camp, he was dealing with a foot or a ham, or whatever it was,” Garrett said. “He didn’t play that much. He’s been playing the last couple of weeks. So it was hard for him to make his case.”

The Cowboys have had a longer look at Holmes, a second-year player. He spent most of last year on the practice squad. He was signed to the active roster in time for the last four games but didn’t play because of hamstring problems.

Despite missing the first three days of training camp because he failed the conditioning test, Holmes made enough of an impression.

“He was fighting through some things as well in training camp, but showed that he can make some plays,” Garrett said.

-- Carlos Mendez

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