Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Doug Free (68) and linebacker Victor Butler (57) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

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.

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