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Houck Encouraged By Colombo's Return

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    Cowboys’ offensive line coach Hudson Houck will see starting right tackle Marc Colombo practice for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on August 16 on Wednesday. Colombo’s status for Sunday’s home opener against Chicago is still unclear but, even before practice, Houck said that he was encouraged by the veteran tackle’s recovery thus far.  

    "I'm not a doctor, so I don't know what that part is," Houck said, per ESPN Dallas. "But mentally, no issue whatsoever. The guy is as mentally tough as any guy I’ve ever been around. He will play hard.

    "If he's not playing well, he'll know it and we'll talk about it. But I anticipate that he'll be better than ever. All these loose parts he had in his knee, he's had in there for quite some time, so it's been bothering him. Now, it's clean out there. The only thing now is the incision. That's sealed up and ready to go."

    The Cowboys sorely missed Colombo in last week’s 13-7 loss. His replacement in that game, Alex Barron, committed three penalties, including a hold that negated what would have been a game-tying touchdown. Dallas was also without starting left guard Kyle Kosier in that game.

    Both Kosier and Colombo returned to practice today.

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