Sam Young getting ready to play

IRVING -- An interesting development occurred prior to Saturday's Cowboys-Cardinals game on Christmas night.

When the inactives were announced swing tackle Alex Barron was among them. It marked the first time Barron was inactive all season. It was the first time Barron hadn't played in an NFL game since his rookie year, 2005, with the St. Louis Rams.

In his place was seventh-round pick Sam Young, who didn't play on offense, but took Barron's spot on special teams.

Interim coach Jason Garrett wasn't saying if Young would take over this weekend for starting right tackle Marc Colombo, who struggled on Saturday night vs. the Cardinals.

It is interesting to see the Cowboys moving toward some younger players whether it's because of injuries or poor performance by veterans at this stage of the year.

The Cowboys have been out of the playoff race for almost two months and to just now getting Young ready to play in a regular season game seems a little late.

But the team needs to get a look at him at some point, so why not the regular season finale at Philadelphia. The team could have done this sooner, against an opponent that might have been easier to handle.