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OL coach optimistic about Marc Colombo

IRVING, Texas -- Offensive line coach Hudson Houck is optimistic that Marc Colombo can return to form.

Houck hadn't seen Colombo practice yet when he made his comments Wednesday morning, but he definitely came across as a coach who was counting on having his starting right tackle return to the lineup.

"I'm not a doctor, so I don't know what that part is," Houck said, referring to Colombo's recovery from a scope on his right knee. "But mentally, no issue whatsoever. The guy is as mentally tough as any guy I’ve ever been around. He will play hard.

"If he's not playing well, he'll know it and we'll talk about it. But I anticipate that he'll be better than ever. All these loose parts he had in his knee, he's had in there for quite some time, so it's been bothering him. Now, it's clean out there. The only thing now is the incision. That's sealed up and ready to go."

Houck is also optimistic that left guard Kyle Kosier will be ready to go for the home opener, which would be a major mental boost for the offensive line.

"He’s a great communicator," Houck said of Kosier, who is coming back from a sprained MCL in his right knee. "I think he’s got great experience. He’s seen a lot of things. He’s able to adjust to certain situations, things that we can’t cover."