The Cowboys confirm Doug Free will not play in Week 9:

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There was no outlook written for Doug Free.

... eturning players: Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Ronald Leary, Chaz Green Gone from last season: Charles Brown, Mackenzy Ber ...

No one could replace Tyron Smith on this roster, but Doug Free or Darrion Weems should at least be able to pass block for Romo. Dallas took four offensive tackles on the roster to start 2013, and ended with all the same players. With Jeremy Parnell coming in to his fifth year, and yet to make a move, his roster spot could be vulnerable. However, Dallas didn’t bring in any realistic competition this year. John Wetzel might never play Offensive Tackle in Dallas, however of the bottom roster players he appears to be the most promising. Tyron Smith and Doug Free are set as starters.

Doug Free | OT | (6’6″, 324, 5.19) | NORTHERN ILLINOIS

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#78 Parnell, Jermey, OT 6’6, 307 lbs, 27, 5th yr, Mississippi
Jermey Parnell disappointed fans when he failed to unseat Free in training camp in 2013. Doug Free returned to being a good right tackle, while Parnell struggled. He entered the NFL as a defensive end for New Orleans in 2009. He’s seen time at defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and now seems set at Offensive Tackle. He started two games in 2012 in place of an injured , and then worked in rotations with Doug Free. 2012 remains the high point in his career. He is currently the right tackle on the second team at OTA’s and Mini Camp.

For the moment, I just wonder what will become of Doug Free and whether it matters at all. Whatever the Cowboys brain trust (I use the term lightly) decides to do with Doug, it won’t be cheap…and it sure ain’t free.