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2013-2014 PREGAME MEDIA DAY: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins coaches and quarterbacks speak to opposing media

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks to the Washington media. (Video | Audio)

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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan speaks to the Dallas media. (Video | Audio)


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2013 NFL GAME 6 SHOWDOWN – REDSKINS @ COWBOYS: Jason Garrett press conference–Gameday preparations

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett speaks to the media as his team begins their preparations for the Washington Redskins. Garrett discussed:

  • Overcoming recent defensive struggles
  • Evaluating pass defense after facing top AFC passers
  • What went into decision to release veteran safety Will Allen
  • Discussions about Dime packages vs. Nickel packages
  • Assessment of plays by safeties on roster
  • Challenging Morris Claiborne and related confidence
  • Improvement expected on roster
  • Planned roster moves with Allen’s spot available
  • Miles Austin progress
  • Justin Durant injury
  • Team equipped to handle RG3 and defend that style of offense
  • Changes in RG3 style recently, more pocket – less running
  • Skewed stats and game factors when teams playing from behind
  • Shoring up defense and making adjustments with blitz
  • Ware and Hatcher drawing extra coverage
  • Washington Redskin tape study
  • Confidence in players in Texas-2 defense
  • Personality traits in Tony Romo, bouncing back from loss
  • Whether criticism justified for Tony Romo
  • Thoughts on Washington Redskins name change

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INJURY AND PRACTICE UPDATE: 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

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IRVING, TexasMiles Austin returned to pads today for the first time since the Dallas Cowboys Week 3 win against St. Louis.

Austin has been battling a hamstring injury for the past two weeks, but he was able to participate in practice during Wednesday’s open media session. He worked with the team in the early going, running routes and catching balls from the quarterback.

The Cowboys have been anticipating Austin’s return and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during his morning press conference he expected the wideout to get some work in.

“We anticipate him doing something today, and hopefully he is feeling good early on in practice and can do more and more,” Garrett said.

Jason Hatcher took Austin’s place on the sideline. The defensive tackle suffered a stinger late in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos and was unsure if he’d be able to practice today. That question appeared to be answered when Hatcher appeared in shorts with no helmet.

DeMarcus Ware, worked out in full pads. Ware has limited himself to just shorts and a helmet the past few weeks as he coped with various injuries, but he was in full uniform Wednesday.

Other injury casualties of the Wednesday practice include Justin Durant and Edgar Jones, who continue to work back from groin injuries. The duo did conditioning off to the side of the practice.

“We’re hopeful he can move around as the week goes on and play in this ballgame,” said Garrett of Durant.

Lance Dunbar, who strained his hamstring against the Broncos, was not at practice.

The Cowboys went through the morning practice with one empty spot on the active roster after the release of Will Allen on Tuesday. Garrett said a combination of factors led to that move – mainly the coaches’ impression of the rookie development at safety.

J.J. Wilcox has been our starter for the last couple of weeks and Jeff Heath has been a guy who has really emerged throughout training camp and the early part of this season, so we want to give those guys an opportunity to play,” Garrett said. “We still have a veteran back there in Danny McCray, who has played for us in the past. We felt like a combination of all those things, trying to give those guys an opportunity — we felt it was the right time to do this.”

There has been no word on what the Cowboys plan to do with the available roster spot, though it’s possible they could elevate a member of their practice squad. Garrett said the team will likely make that decision based on injury concerns.

“We have a couple things in mind as we go here over the course of the week, and some of it has to do with injury and who might be available to us,” he said.

GAME 6 SHOWDOWN – REDSKINS @ COWBOYS: Washington has two weeks to prepare for NFC East rival Dallas

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Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys had a chance to grab a commanding lead in the NFC East, and it didn’t happen. Below .500 and now faced with what looks like a must-win game against a division rival.

A loss to the Redskins, who defeated Dallas at Cowboys Stadium on Thanksgiving last year, would drop Dallas to 2-4 and 1-1 in the division with a two-game roadswing coming up on the schedule.

The script seems to have flipped quite a bit from the first few games of this season, as well. The Cowboys defense, which for a minute looked like the strength of the team, has been humiliated for more than 1,000 total yards in the past two weeks. Meanwhile, the offense, which drew criticism for its conservative play calling, exploded for nearly 600 yards in the loss to the Broncos.

The Broncos and Chargers and ranked No. 1 and No. 4, respectively, in the league through five weeks. So it’s reasonable to expect the defensive performance to improve against a less explosive opponent. Unfortunately, the Redskins are averaging 390 yards of offense per game despite their 1-3 record, and they had a Week 4 bye week to prepare for the trip to Dallas.

It’s also worth noting that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is among the least-sacked quarterbacks in the league, going down just seven times in four games. That isn’t encouraging news for a Cowboys’ pass rush that has struggled in the past two games.

Washington is allowing the fourth-most passing yards in the league, and their rushing defense is giving up 142 yards a game. The Cowboys should be able to score points, but it remains to be seen if they can prevent points from being scored.

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Washington Redskins

One week can make all the difference in the NFL, let alone two. The last time the Redskins played a game, they were happy just to avoid a 0-4 hole and get out of Oakland with a workmanlike 24-14 win.

When they take the field at AT&T Stadium, they’ll be playing for a chance to insert themselves into the NFC East race once again. The team that looked left for dead during September still has plenty to play for – especially considering how mediocre the division has been this point in the year.

A win would push Washington to 2-3 and drop Dallas two games below .500. Depending on what happens Sunday when Philadelphia plays Tampa Bay, it might even be enough to give the Redskins the lead in the division.

Of course, this is all assuming Washington can pick up where it left off two weeks ago in Oakland. Griffin had his most effective performance of the young season against the Raiders, as he completed 58 percent for 227 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. Alfred Morris only managed 71 yards, but he combined with Roy Helu Jr. to help Washington to 122 rushing yards on the day.

Griffin has not been the runner he was in 2012 during his trip back from his torn ACL. He has just 72 rushing yards after a quarter of the season, which has to make Dallas coaches happy. Griffin ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in last season’s playoff clinching win against the Cowboys. The lack of a second option to run the ball should make Morris slightly easier to contain.

Of course, the bye week will give Griffin 13 days of rest between live games – not to mention an extra week to prepare the game plan. Here’s guessing the Redskins will have some extra wrinkles in store, especially considering the Cowboys’ recent struggles to contain tight ends and running backs.

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