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Terence Steele to Remain Cowboys Starting Right Tackle Over La’el Collins

Right La'el Collins is active once again after a five-game , but he may not be taking the field as a starter this Sunday.

, who filled in for Collins during his absence, will be the starting versus the on Sunday night. This comes as a surprise to many fans, as even though Steele has been a welcome surprise this season, the consensus has always been that Collins would return to the starting lineup.

When asked about the change, Steele said “Whatever helps the team succeed is what I want.”

This is no cause for Collins to sound the alarm, though. noted that he would practice at both right tackle and with the reserves while Steele was with the first team. Collins has played left both in his college and NFL career, so it's not a completely new change for the six-year veteran.

In his 2015 rookie season, Collins started 11 games at left guard. With Steele's impressive play this season, the Cowboys may be paving a path for Collins to take ' job as left guard.

As for Collins losing his right tackle job of five seasons, Coach McCarthy mentioned maintaining “continuity,” and he may have a point. The Cowboys have won five games in a row, and with a hobbled Dak Prescott, it's imperative the is on the same page this week. McCarthy acknowledged Steele's performance after announcing the change.

“You've clearly got to recognize how well Terence has been playing,” he said.

In 365 snaps this season, Steele has only three and zero allowed. Momentum is important, and it seems that's what the Cowboys are focused on.

Nevertheless, Collins' talent is undeniable, and McCarthy and crew are unlikely to leave him on the bench for long. Whether he returns to right tackle or moves to left guard, the Cowboys offensive line will be bolstered. For Collins, it's likely not a matter of if he'll start again, but a matter of when.

Preston Moore
Preston Moore
Preston Moore is a lifelong Cowboys fan and entertainment/sports reporter. He graduated from Oklahoma State University's Sports Media program and is currently completing his master's in journalism at New York University. You can find him on Twitter at @prestoncmoore.

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