Colombo holding his ground so far
Right tackle is eager to prove himself in his first camp with team
02:15 AM CDT on Thursday, August 3, 2006
By CALVIN WATKINS / The Dallas Morning News
OXNARD, Calif. – One of the surprises of training camp has been right tackle Marc Colombo.
A first-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2002, Colombo was out of work when the Cowboys signed him last November.
Colombo, who practiced with the first team Wednesday and will work with the kickoff return and field goal units, has an opportunity to back up starter Rob Petitti.
"I just want to take advantage of it," Colombo said. "I'm just trying to come out and get better. Wherever that lands me lands me."
Considering the physical problems he has dealt with, it was eye-catching to see him with the first team, although coach Bill Parcells said not to read anything into it.
"I think Colombo is in a position of really trying to prove himself because of the misfortune he had as a young player," Parcells said.
Colombo (6-8, 320 pounds) was drafted out of Boston College and moved into the Bears' starting lineup in Week 6. In November 2002, the rookie dislocated his left patella and suffered nerve damage.He missed 2003 and returned in 2004, playing in eight games.
Last season, he played in Chicago's opener against Washington but was cut the following week. Dallas signed Colombo on Nov. 1 to add depth to an inconsistent line and for special teams. Colombo has held his own so far and could play either tackle position.