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October 31, 2013

Darrion Weems takes snaps at guard as the Cowboys continue to formulate a backup plan

Backup offensive tackle Darrion Weems has never played guard. He had never even practiced at the position until Thursday when offensive line coach Bill Callahan requested he take some reps there.

"Just a different animal," Weems said. "At tackle, you get to be more patient and kind of wait for things to happen a little bit, more or less. At guard, everything happens quicker. It’s like, ‘Boom! It’s all in your face.’ Everything has to be kind of on the line. It’s not that bad, though. I kind of like it."

With starting right guard Brian Waters out with a torn triceps, the Cowboys have no true backup guard. Starting right tackle Doug Free, starting center Travis Frederick and backup center Phil Costa all have gotten reps at guard this week.

"So we’re moving everybody that we can to try to get reps and try to assess and try to build the depth, so to speak," offensive line coach Bill Callahan said Thursday.

-- Charean Williams

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