Report: Former Cowboys Lineman La’el Collins Visiting Dallas, Potential Reunion Ahead of Week 18

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The Cowboys can win the NFC East by beating the Commanders in Week 18. After that, they’re confirmed for the playoffs, where they could have added offensive line help, with former starter La’el Collins working out for the team Tuesday, according to NFL Media.

Collins, who reportedly visited the Bills days earlier, could soon join Dallas’ practice squad as long as he passes a physical, per Ian Rapoport. That would make him eligible for game-day promotions throughout the entire 2023 postseason.

The former LSU standout has spent the majority of his NFL career with the Cowboys, starting 71 games for Dallas — primarily at right tackle — from 2015-2021. He most recently spent the 2022 campaign with the Bengals, who cut him early this season. Prior to his release, Collins had been on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a knee injury suffered late in 2022.

Collins is still working his way back to game-day shape, NFL Media indicated this week, but could provide veteran insurance along Dallas’ front. Both of the Cowboys’ current starting tackles are healthy, but starting guard Tyler Smith is battling an injury.

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