The Cowboys are bringing back a familiar face to the offensive line.
Veteran guard Montrae Holland will re-sign with the club on Tuesday, after working out in front of coaches, scouts and front office personnel at Valley Ranch.
Holland was one of three veteran linemen in the workout, along with NFL journeymen Daniel Loper and Mansfield Wrotto. While all three players have more than five years of experience, Holland obviously knows the team, personnel and offense the best.
With Derrick Dockery likely not ready to return this week from a sprained knee/broken tibia injury, and Bill Nagy headed to injured reserve with a broken ankle, Holland isn't just needed to practice or play, but likely to start this week against the Rams.
When training camp began, the Cowboys had just waived veteran Leonard Davis and it seemed like Holland finally had his best chance to win a starting job. But the combination of poor conditioning, then minor injuries to his back and knee, Holland was held out for nearly a month. That opened the door for rookies David Arkin and then Nagy to take turns with the first-team offense.
Nagy eventually won the job, but the Cowboys still wanted veteran insurance. Instead of keeping Holland, who was waived one day after the rosters were trimmed to 53, the Cowboys signed Dockery, who had been without a team as a free agent during training camp.
Now Holland is back in the fold, with 50 career starts, but just four in the last three years with the Cowboys.