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Monday, October 24, 2011
Montrae Holland to remain starter

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Allen Iverson turned the word “practice” into a four-letter word years ago when he was playing in Philadelphia.

Montrae Holland showed that “practice” might be a little overrated. After missing the first six weeks of the season and practicing only three times before Sunday’s game, Holland played in 65 snaps against St. Louis and surprised the Cowboys’ coaches.

So much so that he will continue to start at left guard.

“For now he’s the starting left guard going forward, absolutely,” coach Jason Garrett said, “and again one of the concerns was what his conditioning was going to be like not having played and I think he showed he can do that. He can be football ready.”

Derrick Dockery could be available this week after missing the last four games with a knee injury.

This is the Holland, who lost his roster spot to Dockery, the Cowboys wanted to see when training camp began.

“As you know he was kind of penciled in be the starter but he pulled a hamstring and missed a lot of time and when you miss time in training camp, particularly when you don’t have an offseason, you can get behind,” Garrett said. “Particularly if you’re a big guy and conditioning is so important. It’s good to see. He got away from it a little bit, got himself in really good condition and has come back and he really added a lot to our team.”