Looking for additional help on the offensive line, the Dallas Cowboys signed veteran tackle Marc Colombo to a one-year contract for the league minimum on Wednesday.
Colombo, who is a former first round draft pick (29th overall selection in 1999), is clearly a risky addition to the Cowboys after a series of injuries have forced him to miss significant time in recent years.
In fact, many felt his career might be over due to a severe left knee injury he suffered Nov. 18, 2002 against the St. Louis Rams. But, after intense rehab after two surgeries, Colombo appears to have a chance to regain the form of a first round draft pick.
"I had a knee injury. You never can tell with the knee, especially early on," he said after getting back on the field for the first time in almost two years. "The injury was a year-and-a-half injury and this was a little longer. All you can do is keep working and hope the best."
The former Boston College standout has appeared in 18 career games in the NFL, including seven starts and also has blocked two career field goals.
Colombo played in the final eight games of the 2004 season with the Chicago Bears and was expected to compete for a backup role in 2005 before being released during the preseason.
Career at Glance
2004: Started year on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List while rehabilitating his injured left knee... Elevated to active roster in Week 10 and participated in eight games, starting two at LT... GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 8-2
2003: Spent the entire season rehabilitating his injured left knee.
2002: Participated in the first 10 games of season, ascending to starting LT spot for his final five contests before missing the final 6 games due to his left knee injury.
COLLEGE: Allowed no sacks in 20 games started over his final 2 years of career at Boston College (1998-2001). Helped pave way for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his 4 seasons. Played both RT and LT as a senior, earning All-Big East Conference first-team honors by The NFL Draft Report despite missing team's final 4 games with a knee injury. Part of O-line that generated 4,361 yards and featured 1,000-yard rusher William Green; started first 2 games at RT before moving to LT for 6 games. Initially moved into starting lineup as a junior, starting all 12 games at RT for NCAA's 21st-ranked rushing team (201.0 ypg) and Big East's third-ranked offense (414.9 total ypg) on an Oline that surrendered only 6 sacks. Played in 7 games as a sophomore, including the Insight.com Bowl. Participated in 6 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams. Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Earned Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Brockton Enterprise and Taunton Gazette All- Scholastic honors at offensive tackle as a senior. Also registered 75 tackles and 5 sacks as a senior defensive lineman. Also excelled in basketball and baseball, earning Brockton Enterprise and Taunton Gazette All-Scholastic honors as a senior. Involved in community service activities at St. Basil's Church and Bridgewater State College. Son of Gayle Arrigni and Edward Colombo. Off the- field interests include playing the acoustic guitar.
Scouting Report: Marc Colombo
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