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Monday, August 15, 2011
Bill Nagy gets look at left guard, options open

By Todd Archer

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys’ search for a left guard continued Monday with seventh-round pick Bill Nagy running with the first-team offense.

With Montrae Holland out with a back injury the last two weeks, rookie David Arkin moved into the starting lineup and Kyle Kosier moved to right guard.

“He’s done a real fine job and you kind of reward a guy if he had a good day so we’re going to move him up a little bit,” running game coordinator Hudson Houck said. “That doesn’t mean by any means that he’s starting this game and it doesn’t mean anything that he’s starting the season. We just want to move guys and see combinations and see how they work.”

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones hinted Saturday that Phil Costa could be a candidate to start at guard as well but Costa has yet to take a snap there in camp.

Nagy was informed of the move before the walkthrough.

“It’s going to be competitive, like it is every other day,” Nagy said of working vs. the No. 1 defense. “I’m excited about the opportunity and, yeah, let’s get it going.”

Houck said moving Andre Gurode to guard at this point “wouldn’t be an option but we’re not ruling it out.” Houck said Holland remains the starter even during his injury absence, but he said the best five players will play.

Coach Jason Garrett said there is no deadline on when he would like to have a starting line in place.

“That depends on when someone starts showing they’re that much better than the other guys, quite honestly,” Houck said.