The Cowboys decided Monday to move veteran Kyle Kosier to right guard, at least temporarily while Montrae Holland recovers from his back problem. The move has the potential to clear the way for David Arkin to enter the starting lineup, as Kosier will now be next to Tyron Smith, and Arkin will be between veterans Doug Free and Andre Gurode.
Arkin will still have to beat Holland out for the starting spot whenever Holland returns (he was initially expected back at practice in time for Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage), but the alignment is much more realistic than Arkin and Smith both starting their first NFL games alone on the right side with an abbreviated camp behind them. Arkin should get plenty of time to show his progress Thursday in Denver with Holland unavailable.
Offensive line coach Hudson Houck told media Monday that Holland shouldn’t have any problem shifting to the left side. Kosier played on the right side in Detroit before he came to Dallas as a free agent.