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La’el Collins’ two fourth-quarter holding penalties mar his season opener

Offensive lineman La'el Collins is in his second season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Offensive lineman La'el Collins is in his second season with the Dallas Cowboys. Star-Telegram

Left guard La’el Collins had an up-and-down rookie season, but in 12 games, he had only two holding penalties. He matched that in Week 1 this season.

Collins twice was called for holding Olivier Vernon in the fourth quarter, 10-yard penalties the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t overcome. They punted on both drives after Collins’ penalties.

“He did some good things in the game, but those holding penalties are big plays,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “You had nine drives in the game, and on two of them, you have a 10-yard holding penalty and you get yourself in some long down and distance situations. On third down, that’s hard to overcome.

“But he plays with a physical mentality. He’s a good run blocker. He’s a very effective pass blocker, and he’s still growing and learning as a player. But he’s certainly playing the right way.”

Ron Leary, the player Collins replaced in the lineup last season, was inactive Sunday. Joe Looney, who also places center, served as the backup interior lineman.

Leary was listed as questionable on the injury report with a groin injury.

Charean Williams and Clarence Hill talk about the Dallas Cowboys season-opening 20-19 loss to the New York Giants.

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760, @NFLCharean

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