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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Montrae Holland loses 10 pounds

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING -- The last few days the Cowboys made a fury of moves to bolster their offensive line, hurt by the season-ending injury to starting rookie left guard Bill Nagy and veteran guard Derrick Dockery's return still in doubt due to leg injuries.

The Cowboys signed veteran guard Montrae Holland back to the roster on Tuesday. He spent the last three seasons with the Cowboys, even signing a two-year deal in 2010, but he was released in training camp this summer.

He was the projected starter at left guard when Kyle Kosier moved to the right side, but his weight, came in at 340 pounds, and a hamstring injury slowed his development.

Holland worked out at an offensive line academy in Cleveland, Ohio and has now lost ten pounds and had a solid practice on Wednesday according to coach Jason Garrett.

"Too early to tell right now," Holland said if he'll move back to the starting lineup. "Just trying to get my feet back on the ground, brush up on the playbook, it's been about six weeks. Just want to come in get back with the playbook, practice, get some rust off, that's my main thing right now."

Holland said he was frustrated his health became an issue because as you get older it takes a while to get healthy when you suffer an injury. The Cowboys had some young interior guards who were impressive in training camp that surpassed him on the depth chart.

But his weight was an issue.

"I was a little heavier, it was nothing I couldn't play with, I've been heavier," he said. "It's just the way it is I guess. They thought I was to heavy, I took it as an opportunity to try and change that. I went worked and got lighter."