Derrick Dockery hopes he's cleared for Sunday

October, 17, 2011
10/17/11
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IRVING, Texas – The starter at left guard for Sunday is to be determined.

It won’t be Bill Nagy, who broke his ankle in the loss to the Patriots. It might be Derrick Dockery, who feels like he’s ready to return from a sprained MCL and fractured tibia suffered in Week 2 but is awaiting medical clearance. It could be undrafted rookie Kevin Kowalski, who played the last nine snaps against New England after Nagy’s injury. Kowalski could play center with Phil Costa sliding over to guard. Or maybe the starter isn’t even on the roster right now.

The best-case scenario would be Dockery, the eight-year veteran who was signed in early September, returning to face the Rams. He made a significant step Monday by sprinting for the first time since suffering the injury and hopes he gets cleared to practice Wednesday.

“I’m trying to get back, but it’s not up to me,” Dockery said. “We’ll see. I feel fine. I feel good. If it was up to me, I would have been back last week or the week before.”

Dockery proved his willingness to play in pain by finishing the Week 2 overtime win over the 49ers despite suffering the injury in the second half. However, the Cowboys do not want to put him in jeopardy of re-injuring the leg.

Kowalski played center and guard at Toledo and has split time at those two positions in practice this season. He said he’s equally comfortable at either spot. Garrett acknowledged that he’d prefer not to make two position changes to fill one spot for the short term, indicating that playing Kowalski at center and Costa at guard isn’t high on the list of options.

The Cowboys could opt to sign a veteran guard, particularly if Dockery isn’t ready to play Sunday. Montrae Holland, who was released to make room for Dockery on the roster, could be an option if the Cowboys decide to go that route.

“We’ll investigate all possibilities,” Garrett said.

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