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Monday, October 24, 2011
Nick Cole to work out Tuesday

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys will work out free agent offensive lineman Nick Cole on Tuesday.

Cole started 29 of 77 games for the Philadelphia Eagles from a variety of interior spots. He allowed four sacks in 2010.

The Cowboys signed offensive linemen Montrae Holland and Daniel Loper last week after workouts. Holland was projected to be a starter coming into the 2011 season, but a hamstring injury and his weight forced the team to let him go prior to the start of the season.

But in the six weeks he was away, Holland lost 10 pounds. He's now 340 pounds and was praised in the Cowboys' victory Sunday over the St. Louis Rams.

Coach Jason Garrett said Holland will become the full-time starter at left guard.

The Cowboys will check to see if Cole is in shape because some of their offensive linemen are nicked up. Veteran Derrick Dockery, who started in the San Francisco game, is hopeful he will practice this week. He suffered a small fracture of his leg just below the knee.

Also, starting right guard Kyle Kosier is playing with a partial tear of his plantar fascia in his left foot. Kosier is playing with a metal plate in his left shoe.