The VRR: Dallas Cowboys (0-2) @ Houston Texans (2-0)
Troy Aikman, on Pardon the Interruption, discusses this season's playoff teams and the future of Wade Phillips in Dallas.
It should be an interesting day of practice. Today, we will get to see whether Doug Free gets all or some of the snaps at right tackle. We will also see how the Cowboys plan to replace Ken Hamlin.
Fourth-year player Pat McQuistan also could get some reps when practice resumes Wednesday. Phillips also didn't rule out sliding over right guard Leonard Davis and filling his spot with either journeyman Montrae Holland or fifth-year pro Cory Procter.
"Leonard can play whatever you need him to play," Phillips said.
A fourth-round pick in 2007 from Northern Illinois, Free has never started an NFL game.
"I'm sure Doug Free has been dreaming for an opportunity," (Bradie) James said. "You never want to wish any misfortune on a player, but he's been practicing, working his tail off just to get an opportunity. He wants to show he belongs."
The candidates to replace Hamlin are fourth-year player Pat Watkins and third-year pro Alan Ball. Although Hamlin has had an up-and-down season, he's still regarded as the secondary's quarterback.
The Dallas Cowboys turned in a solid week of practice during their bye week to prepare for their Week 7 contest against the Atlanta Falcons.
"I'm OK with whatever he called, yes," Phillips said.
Jason Witten, who has almost twice as many receptions as any other Cowboy, stayed in to help block.
"They blitzed everybody, and you've got to pick up with somebody or they get to the quarterback before he can throw the football," Phillips said. "They brought eight guys, so we had to block."