Biggs: Cowboys have options for replacing Colombo

The Dallas Cowboys have not ruled out right tackle Marc Colombo from returning this season, but are searching for a replacement in the meantime.

The veteran suffered a fractured left fibula and a high left ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss at Green Bay when Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly rolled up on him from behind. According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, it could be a six-week injury meaning Colombo could return from the season finale or the postseason.

Until then, the Cowboys need a new plan and they’re looking at a couple of options. The first is going with Doug Free, the fourth-round draft pick from Northern Illinois in 2007, who replaced Colombo at Lambeau Field.

“We haven’t decided exactly what we are going to do,” coach Wade Phillips said. “We have been working Free. We have been working (Pat) McQuistan. We had been working (Montrae) Holland. We have some lineman we think can play. They are going to have to step up.”

Free has been the swing tackle on game days, and he did pick up a holding penalty late in he game. McQuistan is a possibility like Phillips said, or the Cowboys could juggle the line. That would involve using Holland or Cory Procter at right guard and moving Leonard Davis to right tackle. Davis played tackle when he was in Arizona.

Phillips said no decision will be made before Wednesday.

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