IRVING, Texas --Back only a week, Montrae Holland is the Cowboys' starting left guard going forward "for now," head coach Jason Garrett said Monday.
Last week, Garrett admittedly wasn't sure what he would get from Holland against the Rams. The veteran guard reported in good condition, but he hadn't practiced in the six weeks since the Cowboys cut him after preseason.
Holland played 65 snaps in his fill-in start at left guard, helping the offensive line protect Tony Romo and pave lanes for DeMarco Murray's historic rushing performance.
Veteran Derrick Dockery is nearing a return from knee/leg injuries and newly-signed Daniel Loper adds depth, but right now the job is Holland's.
"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," Garrett said. "He can be football ready. And we feel good about the health of some other guys coming back, talking about Dockery, and adding Loper and those guys. We'll just continue to evaluate the position, but Montrae really did a nice job in the game and we're positive about him going forward."