Penalties Doom Dallas As Washington Wins Season Opener, 13-7

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins kick off their seasons Sunday night in Landover. The Redskins welcome high profile additions in coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Donovan McNabb, while the Cowboys have made few changes but face offensive line questions.

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ESPN Source: Marc Colombo Will Not Play Sunday

Tim McMahon relays information from a Cowboys source that starting right tackle Marc Colombo will not play in the team’s opener Sunday night after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Colombo injured his knee during training camp but was expected to be ready to play in time for the opener. Dallas is now likely to start two backups in their offensive line Sunday, with guard Kyle Kosier also expected to miss the game.

Wade Phillips has expressed confidence in backups Montrae Holland and Alex Barron.

“It gives me a lot of confidence in those two guys,” coach Wade Phillips said of the reserve linemen’s experience. “Holland and Barron both have started and played and played well in a lot of games. That gives us confidence. And they’ve worked well in our system and worked hard. I don’t think it’s going to be perfect for them, but we have confidence that they’ll do a good job for us.”


Kyle Kosier, Marc Colombo Miss Practice Wednesday

Starting offensive linemen Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo missed practice Wednesday, sparking speculation that both will miss the season opener in Washington.

Kosier was thought to be a long shot for Week One all along, but Colombo’s absence was a disappointing development and creates a scary situation. Offensive line is regarded as the team’s achilles heal even with the starters healthy. Montrae Holland provides passable cover for Kosier, but Colombo’s health and Alex Barron’s preseason struggles make the tackle position a big concern.

Wade Phillips claims that the pair of backups would not be a big concern.

“They [Barron and Holland] have worked well in our system,” Phillips said. “I don’t think it’ll be perfect for them, but we have confidence they’ll do a good job.”

Phillips has also learned that he won’t be able to lean on Colombo’s self-evaluation.

It’d be stunning if Colombo, who hasn’t practiced since undergoing surgery, actually volunteered that his knee didn’t feel well enough to play in Sunday night’s season opener.

“You have to gauge those things,” Phillips said. “You go more with the medical people, because they’ve worked him out. They run him, change direction. [Associate athletic trainer] Britt Brown does a great job of that. He can tell me a lot.”

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