Starting right tackle, Marc Columbo, is most likely out for the season with a broken fibula on his left leg after severe contact with a Packer defender.
Columbo, up to that point, had not missed a start for the Cowboys and really was playing great. Last year, Dr. Z, the well-respected Sports Illustrated writer put Marc Columbo on his All-Pro team.
Columbo was recently signed to a long extension and he is obviously very upset with the setback.
After Columbo was lost, Dallas proceeded to allow a season high five sacks. Columbo was more than the right tackle, but also the emotional leader with a voice of a sailor. I listened to Marc Columbo on tape and he had a mouth nastier than rotten anchovy paste.
Columbo came to the Cowboys from the Bears after knee injuries shortened his time there. However, he came in 2006 and he earned his starting job in training camp and he did not stop starting, till now.
Tackle Doug Free came in to replace Columbo, and hopefully he will start gelling with the remaining four lineman so that they can get back to the dominant form they had at the beginning of the year.
Now, a broken leg bone, typically means "out for the season." But, according to Wade Phillips, Columbo may not be on injured reserve, and has a chance of returning.
Injured reserve is for players that are severely injured, most likely out for the current season. So, even if he should get healthy enough later on during the year to play, he cannot play.
Injured reserve is separate from the 53 man roster. It's inteded for those dire moments when a team is struck by a "series of unfortunate events" and needs to continually have enough men to play.
By putting Columbo on injured reserve, the team will have an extra roster spot open, so they can pick up another player, on the condition that Columbo cannot play at all for the rest of the regular season or postseason as well.
I, however, don’t see Columbo avoiding injured reserve though. We are going into week 11 now and it could take four to five weeks minimum for Columbo to recover. Then, he’s got to be careful coming back from the injury or he could injure it again.
This was the worst thing that could have happened. Dallas has great backups at every position except offensive line and Jerry Jones was concerned about that from the start.
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