Cowboys Training Camp: Brooking, Choice Injured, Offensive Line Progress

Let's take a peek at what's going on in San Antonio. We've got a few injuries going at camp. Not surprisingly, the injuries are of the "pulled muscle" variety. Ah, the lockout exacts its revenge from the grave.

Tashard Choice is going to miss 2-4 weeks with a strained calf muscle, forcing the Cowboys to add another RB.

The Cowboys have added Grambling running back Frank Warren, the school's all-time leading rusher who gained 1,592 yards last season. But it was more out of necessity. Tashard Choice could miss 2-4 weeks with a strained calf muscle, and DeMarco Murray is on the non-football injury list with a hamstring injury that could keep him out two weeks. Choice and Murray are being counted on to spell starter Felix Jones.

Thin RB corps right now. Keith Brooking got an interception in practice on Friday, but ended up straining his hamstring. He could also miss 2-4 weeks.

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Then we have the offensive line - Hudson Houck isn't exactly impressed with Montrae Holland right now.

But asked if Holland is ready to start for the Cowboys, Houck quipped, "Boy, I sure hope so. He's not right now. I'm not sure none of them are ready to play right now, but they will be. There is a lot of work ahead of us and he will be ready."

Rookie Tyron Smith is getting an education.

Houck spent some extra time after Saturday morning's walkthrough working on technique with first-round draft pick Tyron Smith out of USC. The 20-year-old rookie has struggled going up against DeMarcus Ware the first few days of practice while playing at left tackle. Smith is expected to shift to right tackle soon, once starting left tackle Doug Free is allowed to begin practicing.

Battling the best will be good for Smith, and while taking his lumps, he's learning the left tackle spot for a brief time before hitting the right side. They also got time for Sam Young to play the right side, setting Smith up to be a likely swing tackle.

"[Smith will] play the right side eventually. I don't know when, maybe in a couple of days or so we'll work him over to the right side," Houck said. "We wanted to have him get a feel of that side and we also wanted Sam [Young] to play on the right side so we'll make those adjustments when we feel it's necessary."


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