Line help on the way for Cowboys

In the nick of time, as in before Alex Barron implodes at right tackle, the Dallas Cowboys have help coming along.

Right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier practiced for the first time on Wednesday, clearing the way for what should be a return to the starting lineup for them Sunday in the team’s home opener against the Chicago Bears.

Colombo has been out since Aug. 16 when he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, and Kosier suffered a sprained knee in practice last month. Colombo looks like a near certain bet to face his former team, the Bears, while Kosier’s status is more up in the air.

“I thought that was a pretty good sign," Dallas coach Wade Phillips said, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

The test, as Fraley reports, will be if the players can respond and be back on the practice field today. Given the struggles the Cowboys had protecting Tony Romo in Week 1, you better believe Phillips has his fingers crossed.

"I anticipate (Colombo) will be better than ever," line coach Hudson Houck told Fraley. "All those loose bodies he's had, they've been bothering him. Now it's clean."

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