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Cowboys Rookie Arkin Frustrated By Lockout

The Cowboys selected Missouri State offensive lineman David Arkin in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Eager to get his NFL career going, Arkin is getting frustrated by a lockout that is now in its 114th day.

“It’s a little frustrating,” Arkin tells the Springfield News-Leader. “I just have to be ready to hit the ground running when this is settled.”

Dallas has a pair of veteran guards — Leonard Davis and Montrae Holland — under contract for 2011, and may re-sign 32-year-old Kyle Kosier, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. Davis, Kosier, and Holland are all over 30, and only Davis is signed beyond next season, so an opportunity to earn a starting role may be just around the corner for Arkin.

Given Dallas’ history when it comes to signing rookies, Arkin would not have a signed contract right now, but he would have had the benefit of working with NFL coaches during the OTAs and mini-camps. Since he is unsigned, Arkin has to be cautious during his workouts.

“You can’t always do everything you might want to,” Arkin said. “You know that with any kind of injury, you might be on the streets. It would be good if I could do some full contact drills and really get to pop some pads. But you just can’t really do that.”

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