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Colombo Injury Could Have Jones Second Guessing

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    Flozell Adams manned the left tackle position for the Cowboys for a decade. Now he's gone and injuries have hit the offensive line. Is Jerry Jones regretting his decision?

    How many of you guys remember a guy named Flozell Adams?

    I'm guessing most of you do. In case you don't, he was the Cowboys' starting left tackle for the past decade who earned a bad name for his problem with being whistled for false start penalties.

    On April 2, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys cut ties with Adams and avoided paying him a large chunk of change. Now he's in Pittsburgh, and the Cowboys are in limbo.

    The Cowboys' first unit gave up three sacks during the first series in Thursday's game against the Oakland Raiders, even reportedly dinging up Tony Romo a bit, and that was with starting right tackle Marc Colombo in the lineup.

    Now Colombo, who moonlights as the rhythm guitarist for a death metal band comprised of Cowboys player called Free Reign, is out for up to four weeks after injuring his right knee in practice on Sunday in Oxnard, Calif. He's now back in Dallas and will have surgery on his knee following an MRI.

    That leaves the Cowboys with some shaky options at right tackle — ones that wouldn't be so shaky if Adams was still around.

    They could move up-and-comer Doug Free to the right side from his left tackle position. Keep in mind, Free replaced Colombo during the stretch run last season and performed well before Colombo got the start against Minnesota in the playoffs and proceeded to get owned. But left tackle is important, and was vacated when Adams was cut in favor of Free. So if the Cowboys don't want to move Free from left tackle, their options include last year's third-round pick Robert Brewster, this year's sixth-rounder Sam Young or God forbid, moving right guard Leonard Davis to right tackle.

    Keep in mind, Davis is a beast of a guard, but he's already failed miserably as a tackle in the NFL. He's just not quick and agile enough to play on the edge against speed rushers like Jared Allen or Julius Peppers.

    Missing Flozell yet?

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