Dallas Cowboys move Doug Free to guard for first time in his life

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The Dallas Cowboys can’t catch a break on their offensive line. They’ve had a revolving door at guard as one ofter another lineman goes down with various injuries. Guards Nate Livings and Ronald Leary both had knee surgeries earlier this month. Doug Free was moved from left tackle back to right tackle and he was competing with Jeremy Parnell for the starting spot.

Now they’re moving Free into the interior part of the line at right guard. Guard Mackenzy Bernadeau was playing on the right side but moved to the left side to clear room for Free.

“With the injury situations we have had up front, we are just looking at different combinations,” coach Jason Garrett explained, via NFL.com.

This marks the first time Doug Free has ever played guard in his life. He never played guard at any level of football, from Pop Warner, to high school, to college, to the NFL.

The Cowboys were hoping that Free would win the starting right tackle spot considering their paying $3.5 million this year. Moving him must mean Parnell is winning that race and moving Free would allow him to be on the field and let the Cowboys feel better about paying him all that money.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Doug Free

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  • Ed

    Wow. How many chances is he going to get to not suck? What’s next? Water boy? Cut down day is coming soon. There has to be someone out there.

    • Richard Storm


      Dude, he hasn’t been doing that been, lately. In fact, he has been doing pretty good at right tackle. Where the Hell have you been?

  • Mark Benninger

    This writer sucks. Free moved from LT to RT… LAST YEAR. That is old news. He has only played RT this camp up until last week. Also, Jermey Parnell has been injured almost all camp and only recently got back. Free has WON the RT job hands down with his solid play. To infer that Parnell must be winning that competition is just plain ignorant.

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