FS Hamlin also out 2-4 weeks

Updated: November 17, 2009, 8:49 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys starting right tackle Marc Colombo will undergo surgery Monday to repair ligaments on his left ankle after suffering a high ankle sprain in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Colombo also has a fracture on his fibula near his left knee that doesn't need surgery. Cowboys officials said the recovery time for the fibula injury is six weeks.

Recovery time for the ankle has not been determined, and owner and general manager Jerry Jones had said Colombo is out for the season.

The Cowboys are hopeful Colombo can return at some point, especially if the team makes a deep playoff run.

Doug Free replaced Colombo on Sunday, but the team has yet to determine if he will be the long-term starter. The team also could look to Pat McQuistan or move Leonard Davis from right guard.

"He did fine," Phillips said of Free's perfomance against the Packers. "He didn't hurt us."

In other injury news:

  • Starting free safety Ken Hamlin will be out 2-4 weeks as he recovers from a high ankle sprain, coach Wade Phillips said. The team has yet to make a decision on who among Alan Ball, Pat Watkins or Michael Hamlin will start vs. Washington.
  • "He's the general back there, as far as the communication," linebacker Bradie James said of Ken Hamlin. "We missed him even in this game."

  • Starting cornerback Mike Jenkins underwent an MRI on his left biceps Monday. Jenkins said his arm feels fine, but he didn't know the results of the MRI.
  • Kicker David Buehler was limping in the locker room Monday. He said he hurt the little toe on his right foot while covering a punt. "I'll be able to kick," Buehler said. "It hurts like hell."
  • Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail calvin.watkins@espn3.com.

    Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.