Roundup: Cowboys lose another starting lineman

Much like the situation in Baltimore, the Dallas Cowboys are battling injuries along the offensive line at a time the unit should be working on cohesion.

Starting RT Marc Colombo had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday, although he’s fully expected to return in time for the season opener. The Cowboys lost another starter during Wednesday’s practice when LG Kyle Kosier limped off the field. The team’s official site says the “early indication” is Kosier has a sprained MCL in his right knee, which would sideline him for 4-6 weeks.

The injuries leave the Cowboys thin, but the good news is it’s the second week of the preseason.

With backup OT Alex Barron sidelined with an injured ankle, the likely fill-ins for Colombo on Saturday night against the Chargers are Robert Brewster and Sam Young. Montrae Holland is expected to take Kosier’s spot with the starting unit.

Here’s a few more looks at preseason happenings:

  • Is Patrick Crayton too valuable for the Cowboys to let go?
  • Randy Moss dazzled in a joint practice against the Falcons, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter. The Falcons were missing starting CBs Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.
  • Ken Whisenhunt says the next two weeks are “critical” for the rehabbing Gerald Hayes, reports Kent Sommers.
  • Knowshon Moreno isn’t expected back until next week, writes Mike Klis. Justin Fargas will see some time against the Lions on Saturday.
  • Brady Quinn continues to work with the Broncos’ second-team offense, and D.J. Williams got a practice in.
  • Justin Hartwig knows rookie Maurkice Pouncey is pushing him for his starting spot.
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