Doug Free was conspicuously absent from the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line for a good portion of the team’s 20-19 victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday, as the struggling Free was platooned with Jermey Parnell. According to head coach Jason Garrett, we may not have seen the last of the right tackle-by-committee system.
“Jermey stepped in there and it didn’t seem too big for him at all, just like it hadn’t when he played for Tyron (Smith) a couple of weeks ago,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Similarly, we thought Doug responded well (to Sunday’s rotation). Doug … played one of his better games in recent games. I think both guys responded well.”
Parnell played 15 snaps to Free’s 58, so it’s not as though he was exactly “taking over,” so to speak. Rather, Dallas believes that Free was kept fresh by being spelled by the fourth-year Ole Miss product.
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