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Kosier Could Slide To Center For Bigger Line

For years, offensive line coaches have said the goal is to get the five best lineman on the field at once, regardless of their most comfortable position.

Cowboys O-line coach Hudson Houck said that back in training camp and as the halfway point of the season approaches, that mindset likely hasn't changed.

That's why the return of veteran guard Derrick Dockery, who practiced this week for the first time since suffering a knee/leg injury in Week 2, could lead to a few changes on the line, possibly as early as next week.

With Dockery returning to the lineup, coupled by the play of Montrae Holland, the Cowboys might look to move veteran guard Kyle Kosier inside to center, a position he only practiced the last two seasons but has never played during his 10-year career.

"If they need me to, I will," said Kosier, who was rather blunt when asked about the challenges of playing center. "Well, you have to snap the ball. It's not easy to make the calls in loud stadiums, have your head down with a silent count, and snap the ball, too. I respect those guys for doing that."

That switch would ultimately move Phil Costa out of the starting lineup. Kosier had much respect for the play Costa has done this year in the middle.

"I think Phil has done a great job," Kosier said. "A young player being put in that position. It's not easy."

The Cowboys worked Kosier at center the last two years as a game-day backup and while Andre Gurode never came out of the game, Kosier said there were some close calls.
"He almost did a couple of times," he said. "I made sure he stayed in."

This week, it's likely that Costa will start as Dockery just returned to practice and is expected to back up Holland (left) and Kosier (right) at guard. But when everyone is back to 100 percent, a move could be on the horizon.

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