To start, Montrae Holland has to hurry back

August, 24, 2011
8/24/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Montrae Holland's odds of starting the season opener at guard decrease by the day.

Holland has been sidelined by a sore back since midway through the Cowboys' stay in San Antonio. He's made some spot starts in his three seasons with the Cowboys, but the team certainly isn't comfortable just penciling him into the lineup without significant practice reps or preseason work.

"I think we have to see him," offensive line coach Hudson Houck said. "We have to see health-wise and we have to see how he fits in with the guys who are playing next to him. Not being able to practice is obviously an issue."

Meanwhile, seventh-round pick Bill Nagy continues to get positive reviews from the coaches for his work at left guard.

Holland was temporarily promoted after the Cowboys cut Leonard Davis, but he reported to camp in poor condition and was soon sidelined with the sore back. If he hopes for his role to change, he needs to return to the field soon.

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