IRVING, Texas -- Doug Free replaced Marc Colombo in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, but that doesn't necessarily mean Free will be the long-term fill-in while the veteran right tackle recovers from ankle surgery and a broken fibula.
Coach Wade Phillips said the coaching staff wanted to discuss the situation before deciding on Colombo's replacement. Phillips said the Cowboys might not commit to a starter at right tackle until later in the week after working different players at the position.
The 6-6, 313-pound Free, who was the only active backup tackle Sunday, has worked mostly at left tackle.
"He did fine," Phillips said. "He didn't hurt us."
Pat McQuistan (6-6, 317), a four-year veteran who has been inactive for every game this season, practices at right tackle on the scout team. Moving Pro Bowler Leonard Davis over from right guard is another option. Cory Procter or Montrae Holland would replace Davis in that scenario.
The coaches have to determine whether it's worth making changes at two positions to fill one spot. They might also want to weigh Davis' lack of comfort with playing right tackle, which he did for one season with the Arizona Cardinals.
"I can play left tackle easier than I can play right tackle," Davis said when asked about the possibility of moving over to replace Colombo.