FRISCO, Texas — Terence Steele is expected to start at right tackle in place of suspended starter La'el Collins this Sunday at the LA Chargers, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said.
"The plan is to go with Steele, and he'll do a good job," Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. "He's a young guy that we're proud of. He really had a great rookie year last year, relatively speaking, and he'll do a good job out there. We'll give him lots of help."
Steele, second-year veteran, started 14 games at right tackle last year as an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech. Collins missed the entire season with a hip injury that required surgery last fall.
Right guard Zack Martin started the other two games at right tackle in 2020, but with Collins currently suspended, Jones said the team was reluctant to move Martin back to tackle, which would require two position switches on the starting line.
Jones said the club also has confidence in Steele, who competed with veteran Ty Nsekhe for the backup swing tackle job in preseason.
Collins started the opener against Tampa Bay but has been suspended five games for violating the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse.