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Phillips: Free still to get playing time

Updated: January 5, 2010, 8:22 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are optimistic that right tackle Marc Colombo will be able to play in Saturday's playoff opener against the Philadelphia Eagles after missing the final seven regular-season games.

Colombo underwent surgery to repair ligaments in his left ankle after being injured in the Nov. 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers. His fibula was also broken when Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly inadvertently rolled into Colombo's leg.

The Cowboys did not place ...

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