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December 11, 2012

Garrett says Free played "one of his better games" while dividing snaps at RT with Parnell

Upon review of videotapes, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said right tackle Doug Free played “one of his better games” in recent weeks while sharing snaps with backup Jermey Parnell in Sunday’s 20-19 victory over Cincinnati.

Free played 58 snaps against the Bengals. Parnell played 15. Garrett said Monday that he plans for the rotation to continue Sunday against Pittsburgh because Parnell has earned more playing time and Free, the team’s highest-paid lineman, seemed to benefit by being fresher in the second half because he did not take every snap in the contest.

“Jermey stepped in there and it didn’t seem too big for him at all, just like it hadn’t when he played for Tyron (Smith) a couple of weeks ago,” Garrett said, referring to an ankle injury that sidelined Smith, the team’s starting left tackle, for the Thanksgiving Day game against Washington. Parnell, the team’s swing tackle, played left tackle in that contest.

“Similarly, we thought Doug responded well (to Sunday’s rotation),” Garrett said. “Doug … played one of his better games in recent games. I think both guys responded well.”

_ Jimmy Burch


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Doug Free is terrible...yet another holding penalty. This stiff got his $$$ and now is just a very bad lineman.

The sooner he is off the team, the better.

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