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TRENCH TRIPLE-PLAY: If trade for Cook turns out like Holland deal, job well done | UPDATED with scouting report

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Ryaaan Cooook … he keeps on blockin’ …. He keeps on blockin’ … shake it Ryan. Shake, shake it Ryan.

Well, that remains to be seen, actually, but if the newly acquired swing lineman Ryan Cook can be as steady a role player as Montrae Holland was for the Cowboys, then Friday’s trade will have to be considered a win, just like the 2008 deal that sent Holland over from Denver must now be seen, in full retrospect.

Cook won’t be asked to start, at least for the time being, but once he learns the offense, will hold a valuable role as the backup for three positions, the two guard spots and center. A beefy veteran with six years in the league and 40 starts under his belt at only 29 years old, Cook gives the Cowboys more strength, athleticism and experience than a David Arkin. The Pro Bowl probably isn’t in his future, but valuable contributions to the Cowboys’ line should be.

A utility offensive lineman may not seem like an important role, but it is, because players get hurt in the trenches. The playing time Holland received over his Cowboys tenure, and Cory Procter before him, is evidence of that. So a seventh-round pick is not a high price to pay, at all, if the Cowboys believe they can trust Cook, just like a fifth-rounder wasn’t too much to give for Holland, especially considering how dreadful the Cowboys have been in the fifth lately.

There was definitely a comfort zone with Holland, acquired just before the ’08 season. He didn’t immediately pick up the offense and replace Procter (the injury fill-in for Kyle Kosier), making the deal initially look like a bad one, but his consistency changed opinions over time.

Four seasons, 31 appearances and 14 solid starts later, Holland should be seen as a good backup for these recent Cowboys teams. After falling out of shape when he was hurt last summer, Holland worked his wide butt off to cut weight, and when the Cowboys needed him by Week 7, he was ready to help DeMarco Murray break the team rushing record, and went on to play well down the stretch. He’s kept himself in great shape this offseason, and the Cowboys had interest in bringing him back, but he held out for more money and incentives.

Like Cook, Holland was 29 when acquired by the Cowboys, with a lot of starts under his belt, though Cook has the extra dimension of center experience, while Holland was a guard only. Holland had two years left on his contract, while Cook has only one. But, if the Cowboys like what he brings this year, they’ll certainly have first dibs to re-sign him in March, just like they re-upped Holland in 2010.

Should they decide to do so, and Cook at least holds his own when his number is called, then Friday’s trade will eventually be considered a slam dunk.

RELATED: Scouting Report on OL Ryan Cook

Here is my scouting report on Ryan Cook, who was acquired via trade from the Dolphins late Thursday night.

  • Was drafted in the league as a tackle by the Vikings, has since moved inside to see time at both center and guard. Observed him as a center in the Dallas, Tampa Bay and Carolina games. Played right guard against the Falcons.
  • Made the line calls as a center, aware of responsibilities when uncovered. Showed the ability to help across the pocket. Plays with some upper body strength, can hold his man along the line in pass protection.
  • Little overextended and wide base at times but you didn’t see him get jerked out of his stance. Was able to get outside on the screen packages.
  • Decent initial quickness out of his stance as a guard. Can make the reach or cut off block when asked. Several times where he did a nice job of getting his head across his man staying on his feet and working for a finish.
  • Was impressed with his effort to finish blocks. Didn’t see him flopping around on the ground when doing his job. Played in position and showed some balance for the most part, only got a little out of whack on an inside twist stunt against Dallas but was fine on the same move against Tampa.
  • Veteran player that gives you some position flexibility at three spots. Plays with a little power inside.

Courtesy: Bryan Broaddus | Football Analyst-Scout

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ROSTER RADAR: Most Dallas Cowboys FAs are drawing little interest on the open market

Laurent Robinson got big money from Jacksonville. Martellus Bennett will be relocating his clothing line to the East Coast for at least a year. Everybody else?

Well, they’ve probably gotten into the habit of checking the phone a lot over the last week.
The free agency period is far from over – it never ends, really – but most of the Cowboys players on the open market are drawing very little interest, it seems.

Between the guys they’ve cut, their unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents and exclusive right players, the Cowboys allowed 19 players to hit the market who had finished 2011 on the roster. Only Robinson and Bennett have found new teams thus far, while receiver Kevin Ogletree returned to Dallas on a one-year deal.

A lot of under-the-radar signings will happen in the coming weeks, but so far only a couple of the Cowboys’ free agents have been reported to have gotten so much as a sniff from other clubs. On Tuesday running back and special teams ace Chauncey Washington was part of a massive tryout for the San Francisco 49ers, per a report. Late last week, the Minnesota Vikings checked in on defensive back Alan Ball, per another report.

As for the bigger names, like Bradie James, Keith Brooking, Terence Newman, Kyle Kosier, Tony Fiammetta, Derrick Dockery, Montrae Holland and Mat McBriar, no substantive interest has come to light.

FREE-AGENCY FRENZY -WEEK TWO : ‘Boys pondering a pair of Packers

IRVING — The Dallas Cowboys signed eight free agents during a whirlwind first week of free agency.

The second week has started and the Cowboys are back at work trying to add to the list, showing interest in a pair of Green Bay Packers: cornerback Jarrett Bush and linebacker Erik Walden.

First, they needed to take care of unfinished housekeeping of a week ago by officially releasing veteran guard Kyle Kosier.

It was a decision made Friday after signing the second of two guards during the first week of free agency.

Nate Livings signed a $19 million contract, including $6.2 million guaranteed, following an $11 million deal with Mackenzy Bernadeau, making the Cowboys younger up front and making Kosier expendable.

The Cowboys will save roughly $1.5 million against the cap by releasing Kosier, the final move in what has been a complete makeover of the offensive line since last summer when they released tackle Marc Colombo, guard Leonard Davis and center Andre Gurode.

Kosier, who joined the Cowboys in 2006, played in every game in 2011. However, he suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee in the season finale.

The injury didn’t require surgery, but it was another thing the aging guard would have to deal with after missing 13 games in 2009 and 2010 combined.

The team’s interest in Bush and Walden are more about improving the depth on the roster as both would likely be backup players with the Cowboys.

Bush led the Packers in special teams tackles last season.

Walden was a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2008, but didn’t make the opening day roster. He was with the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins before playing with the Packers the past two years when he had six sacks.

No visits have been set up, but the Cowboys are in the process of trying to make that happen

Bill Callahan has strong resume as OL coach, offensive mind

Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan, the Cowboys’ new offensive line coach, has been around plenty of powerful offenses and offensive lines.

He was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders team that reached the Super Bowl in 2003 behind Rich Gannon and the league’s top passing offense. Two years earlier, with him as offensive coordinator, the Raiders led the league in rushing behind Pro Bowl guards Steve Wisniewski and Lincoln Kennedy.

He was the offensive line coach for head coach Ray Rhodes and offensive coordinator Jon Gruden for three years in Philadelphia, from 1995 to ’97, when the Eagles were one of the top-five offensive teams in the NFL with quarterbacks Ty Detmer and Rodney Peete and running back Ricky Watters.

In college at Wisconsin, Callahan was the offensive line coach for the 1993  Rose Bowl championship team that had a 1,600-yard rusher and a 900-yard rusher. At Nebraska, his teams used the West Coast offense and set many of the school’s passing records.

Most recently, Callahan was the offensive line coach and assistant head coach with the New York Jets. In his first year with the Jets, 2008, he helped develop rookie center Nick Mangold into a Pro Bowl player, along with veteran guard Alan Faneca and tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

The Cowboys hope to tap into that experience as an offensive line builder when Callahan, 55, takes over as the replacement for the retired Hudson Houck.

The Cowboys will go into 2012 with the reshaping of the offensive line as a major priority. Last year’s No. 1 pick, Tyron Smith, will be considered for a move from right tackle to left tackle. Veteran right guard Kyle Kosier, who rarely had a full practice week because of foot problems, might not return. Veteran left guard Montrae Holland will try to recover from biceps surgery. And left tackle Doug Free had a poor year in his first season at the position.

The Cowboys hope Callahan can shape the development of young players such as backup guard Kevin Kowalski, fourth-round pick David Arkin (a guard who wasn’t active for any game last year) and center Phil Costa, who played all 16 games last year but showed he has a long way to go at the position.

Callahan does not have much of a tie to the Cowboys or head coach Jason Garrett.

But defensive end Kenyon Coleman played for Callahan in 2002 with the Raiders. Callahan has worked under Rex Ryan, the brother of Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson played for Callahan in 1998 when he was offensive coordinator for the Raiders. And Callahan coached Rodney Peete, the brother of Cowboys running backs coach Skip Peete, with the Raiders in 2001.

Beat Writers Recap: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Jimmy Robinson, Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers, with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88), wide receiver Miles Austin (19) and wide receiver Laurent Robinson (81) on the bench in the second quarter.

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Jimmy Robinson, Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers, with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88), wide receiver Miles Austin (19) and wide receiver Laurent Robinson (81) on the bench in the second quarter.


The Cowboys finished their 15th game of the season with a 20-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday afternoon. We review the game in our weekly Beat Writers Recap.

  • If the Cowboys-Eagles game told us anything it’s that Stephen McGee is not ready to become a full-time No. 2 quarterback behind Tony Romo. McGee’s line on Saturday: 24-of-38 for 182 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and three sacks. McGee dumped off too many passes and just didn’t seem relaxed in the pocket. The Eagles’ pass rush had something to do with that of course, but there was this drive starting with 9:33 to play in the game that McGee could have used to prove something to the coaching staff. It started at the Cowboys’ 23 and ended when McGee tried to throw to Martellus Bennett in the end zone while missing an open Miles Austin. During the drive, McGee’s longest completed pass was a 15-yarder to third-string running back Chauncey Washington.
  • It was interesting that coach Jason Garrett didn’t sit some regular offensive starters, other than Felix Jones, in the late stages of the game. Yes, Garrett is trying to win and didn’t want to present a front that he didn’t care. Yet, there would have been nothing wrong with sitting Kyle Koiser (foot) and Laurent Robinson (shoulder) and maybe giving a few snaps to Jeremy Parnell at tackle with the game out of reach. One of the problems we have with Garrett’s decision making last year was his refusal to play young tackle Sam Young. At some point you need to find out if young players can play.
  • The more we watch defensive end Sean Lissemore, the more we like him. He finished with four tackles and has performed well with extended snaps with Josh Brent (knee) out. What the Cowboys do next year at end is an interesting debate. We believe Jason Hatcher will return, but we’re not sure about Kenyon Coleman and Marcus Spears coming back. In the Cowboys’ 3-4 scheme, it’s hard to judge the defensive ends on stats, because Coleman and Spears are asked to play the run. Spears has been more active than Coleman the last few weeks, though Coleman did have a tackle for loss on Saturday, his first since Thanksgiving.
  • Punter Mat McBriar had a nice day versus Philadelphia. Of his nine punts, he landed a season-high five inside the 20. He’s been bothered by nerve damage in his left (non-kicking) foot, which cost him one game this year. McBriar is still one of the best punters in the NFL, as evident by his effort at Arizona on Dec. 4 where he held the dangerous Patrick Peterson to just 1 return yard, but his health has bothered him at times in 2011.
  • Romo didn’t complete a pass Saturday, marking the first time in his career that’s ever happened. The main concern going forward with Romo regarding his bruised hand is the ability to grip the ball. If he struggles in that area, he will have difficulty passing and handing off. … With Kevin Ogletree (knee) being inactive for the Eagles game, you have to wonder about his own future. The Cowboys expected so much out of him, but Robinson surpassed him on the depth chart. … Good to see Dwayne Harris with a 51-yard kickoff return. He is running with confidence and might break one in the regular-season finale at the New York Giants.

Calvin Watkins | ESPN Dallas

INJURY UPDATE: Montrae Holland to get an MRI | Tony Romo and Felix Jones pulled | Others playing through the pain

Dallas Cowboys starting right guard Montrae Holland suffered a left arm injury with 7:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

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Dallas Cowboys starting guard Montrae Holland (64) suffered a left arm injury with 7:25 to play in the fourth quarter.


ARLINGTON, Texas — It won’t be an easy Christmas Day for starting right guard Montrae Holland. He suffered a left arm injury with 7:25 to play in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 20-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

Holland said he might have hurt his elbow and will undergo an MRI exam Sunday.

Inside linebacker Sean Lee left the game with a hamstring injury but said he could have returned if the game had mattered.

"I’m fine," Lee said. "The trainers didn’t let me go back in. It’s a non-issue. I’ll be rolling as soon as next week starts up again."

The Cowboys, of course lost starting quarterback Tony Romo to a bruised right hand, and his status is uncertain for the regular season finale at the New York Giants next week.

Among the nicked up players: DeMarcus Ware (neck), Jay Ratliff (ribs), Mike Jenkins (shoulder), Felix Jones (hamstring), Laurent Robinson (shoulder), Kyle Kosier (foot) and Gerald Sensabaugh (foot) all played through the game.

Jones was taken out after a handful of snaps in the first half. He finished with 24 yards on four carries.

"Felix was getting himself ready all week to try and play in this game," coach Jason Garrett said. "He didn’t practice the whole week. He did more stuff [Friday] to get himself ready and warmed up well before the game. That was going to be a situation we were going to monitor based on what was happening up in New York. If he was ready to go and play we were going to try and give him a go."

Jones wanted to play in the game as did other players such as Ware, who only played seven snaps last week at Tampa Bay. Ware got significant snaps versus Philadelphia and performed well.

Ware had four tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and three quarterback pressures.

"If [Ware] is out there everybody got to be out there," Jenkins said.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones touched by hand-written letter from player for Christmas

Happy Holidays from the Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back blog

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 FM that he was touched by a hand-written letter he received from one of his players for Christmas.

Jones didn’t name the player.

"We had one of our players, neatest thing I’ve ever seen, basically write a hand-written note to over 300 people in our organization, including all of his teammates, and said, ‘Santa’s a little tight this year. You know the times that we’re in,’" Jones said. "He put that hand-written note to each person, personally wrote a little something himself and put a dollar bill in there and says, ‘Hope this will do you. Merry Christmas.’"

On Thursday, Cowboys offensive linemen Kyle Kosier and Doug Free gave each of their fellow offensive linemen remote control cars for Christmas that apparently can reach up to 60 mph in speed. The cars came with customized Cowboys covers that had each offensive lineman’s name and uniform number on them. Some of the offensive linemen took their cars outside of Valley Ranch on Thursday after practice and raced them.

ROSTER MOVES/INJURY UPDATE: Felix Jones | Chauncey Washington promoted | Daniel Loper released

With running back Felix Jones listed as questionable for the Eagles game with a hamstring injury, Chauncey Washington was signed to the active roster from the practice squad.

Washington was needed for depth purposes. Jones has not practiced all week and his primary backup is 12-year veteran Sammy Morris who has been with the team less than two weeks.

Washington signed to the Cowboys practice squad on November 30, 2011. He was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (213th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of USC.

He played in six games with the Jaguars as a rookie carrying the ball four times for nine yards and adding one catch for nine yards. He spent most of the 2009 season with the Dallas Cowboys bouncing between their practice squad and active roster – seeing action in two games.

In 2010, he was on the N.Y. Jets practice squad until signing with the St. Louis Rams on September 28, where he appeared in one game before being added to their practice squad. He was released by St. Louis on August 4, 2011.

The club released guard Daniel Loper. Loper was inactive for seven games this season with Dallas.


DALLAS COWBOYS INJURY UPDATE - The Boys Are Back blog

Running back Felix Jones is listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Philadelphia. He again did not practice on Friday, so he missed all week with a tight hamstring. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said every day he was hopeful Jones could play.

Jones spent the week working on the side with the training staff. He did not appear to be struggling in his rehab drills Thursday during the part of practice open to reporters.

Also listed as questionable are cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder), receiver Kevin Ogletree (knee), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ribs), receiver Laurent Robinson (shoulder), linebacker DeMarcus Ware (neck stinger) and backup safety Danny McCray (ankle).

Guard Kyle Kosier (foot) had a full practice on Friday and is listed as probable, along with linebacker Sean Lee (wrist) and punter Mat McBriar (foot).

Nose tackle Josh Brent (knee) and receiver Andre Holmes (hamstring) are out.


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WHAT DO YOU THINK: If NYG wins on Sunday, should the Dallas Cowboys rest starters?

Tampa Bay fans supporting their Dallas Cowboys.

Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins

Tampa Bay fans supporting their Dallas Cowboys.


Clearly, the Cowboys have a focus on winning the NFC East title this weekend. That is a definite possibility, but it’s one that might not be on the table when they kick off at 3:15 p.m. (CST) against the Eagles this Saturday.

If the Giants knock off the Jets earlier in the day, then it makes the outcome of the Cowboys-Eagles game meaningless for both teams. By the Giants winning to get to 8-7, it would officially eliminate the Eagles from the playoffs and it would mean the Cowboys MUST beat the Giants on Jan. 1 in the Meadowlands to win the NFC East.

Soooooo, that being said, why wouldn’t you rest your starters against the Eagles . . . in that scenario of course?

Sure, you always want to have momentum, but at what cost? Think about it from the other perspective. If, the Giants were to lose to the Jets, then obviously the Cowboys would try to beat the Eagles and clinch the division right then on Christmas Eve. And if that happens, what do you think the Cowboys do the next week in New York?

I would bet Jason Garrett plays it smart and rests a lot of players, especially the ones who are banged up. The guys we see resting in the middle of the week – DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff sometimes and Kyle Kosier, those guys probably wouldn’t play. Who knows if Tony Romo would get the full game either.

So if that is the thinking for the Jan. 1 game, assuming the Cowboys had it wrapped up, then why would it be any different for the Eagles game, if they know nothing good can come from it.

So the Cowboys beat the Eagles 23-17 with a last-second touchdown pass. Or let’s say the Cowboys win 31-3 and Tony Romo throws three more touchdowns. None of it matters for the next game.

Why would you want some rookie defender for the Eagles to get a free shot at your quarterback or star receivers when the game doesn’t matter? Even if you win that game, you might have to rely on Stephen McGee to go win the division the next week.

It’s just something to think about. And it’s something that won’t even happen until right before kickoff.

I know it’s a little backwards in the approach – resting guys in Week 16 to play full throttle in Week 17. But that’s what might be in front of them – if the Giants beat the Jets.

Courtesy: Nick Eatman | Dallas Cowboys website

PRACTICE UPDATE: Jenkins | McCray | Brent | Ratliff | Kosier | Costa | Kitna

The Cowboys began a walkthrough practice Tuesday at Valley Ranch without four of the players hurt in Sunday night’s game against the Giants. Cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) and defensive back Danny McCray (shoulder) were among those who missed the start of the walkthrough. Nose tackles Josh Brent (knee) and Jay Ratliff (back) attended practice, watching from the sideline, as did guard Kyle Kosier (foot) and center Phil Costa (concussion), among others.

Quarterback Jon Kitna remained out with the back problem that has sidelined him since the Nov. 13 game against Buffalo.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that he was confident that Costa would play Saturday against the Bucs.

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SATURDAY INJURY UPDATE: Austin | Brent | Fiammetta | Kitna | Tanner

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The Dallas Cowboys have ruled receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), nose tackle Josh Brent (knee), fullback Tony Fiammetta (illness), quarterback Jon Kitna (back) and running back Phillip Tanner (hamstring) out of Sunday’s game against Arizona. None of the five practiced this week.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring), right guard Kyle Kosier (foot) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (foot) were limited in practice Friday. Although they are listed as questionable on the injury report, all three are expected to play.

Linebacker Bruce Carter (knee), linebacker Sean Lee (wrist) and punter Mat McBriar (left foot) were full participants in practice and are probable.

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DALLAS COWBOYS FAMILY FOCUS: Girlfriend’s recovery leaves Dallas Cowboys kicker David Buehler thankful

David Buehler and Brittany Pigrenet are thankful for family and friends and for their son, Bryson.

RIchard W. Rodriguez/ Star-Telegram

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IRVING — Their eyes were locked. Blues fixated on blues, as David Buehler recalled the day his girlfriend was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.

Buehler’s life, once solely consumed by football, had to make room for a possibility that young couples rarely prepare for or ever consider. Brittany Pigrenet, 25, went in for life-saving surgery on the morning of Oct. 22, holding the couple’s 6-week-old son, Bryson, for as long as the hospital staff let her.

“It puts life and everything in perspective,” David said, instinctively turning his gaze and focus on Brittany. “Before I was playing for myself, my family name, my teammates, the organization but now that I’m supporting Brittany and our son, Bryson, it puts everything in perspective.

“You work just that much harder. You put your heart and soul into knowing that I get to come home to the two people I love most.”

Buehler’s professional life with the Dallas Cowboys hasn’t always gone as planned. Drafted as a kickoff specialist in 2009, Buehler became the full-time place-kicker last season and made 24 of 32 field goals. Rookie Dan Bailey took over field-goal duties this season, with Buehler going back to kickoffs.

ROOKIE SENSATION: Dallas Cowboys learn more about DeMarco Murray

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

LANDOVER, Md — DeMarco Murray’s ascension has been nothing short of amazing given his franchise-record 253-yard effort against St. Louis and 100-yard days against Seattle and Buffalo, but you might have learned more about him Sunday against Washington.

Seriously.

Murray ran 25 times for 73 tough yards. They were so tough that Murray called it the most physical game he had ever played.

“I’ll give him this, he runs hard even if there’s nothing there for him,” right guard Kyle Kosier said. “He’s going to hit it and get two or three yards, which he did [Sunday]. We didn’t pick up a lot of stuff up front and kind of made it hard for him.”

Coach Jason Garrett liked Murray’s perseverance against the Redskins.

“That’s what you have to do, you have to keep playing,” Garrett said. “They have a good run defense and have been for a long time. They’re committed to stopping the run. They did a nice job. DeMarco is what we’ve seen him to be throughout the year, which is, ‘Hey, I’m going to do my job, keep banging way, have the right demeanor.’ … It’s not always going to be easy. You’ve just got to fight through the adversity.

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MOVING ON: Dallas Cowboys turn attention to the Miami Dolphins

Cowboys Redskins

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Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (right) and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis watch the action Sunday.

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LANDOVER, Md. — Normally Jason Garrett wants his players to forget the previous game following the day-after game team meeting. This week, the Dallas Cowboys had the plane ride home to enjoy their 27-24 overtime win against Washington Redskins.

On Thursday they play Miami, which has won three straight, like the Cowboys.

“It’s fast,” right guard Kyle Kosier said. “I think the first group goes out in about 36 hours. We’ve got to enjoy this for about four hours and get on to the next one.”

The Dallas Cowboys have not played a road game prior to their annual Thanksgiving Day game since 2004 when they lost at Baltimore and beat Chicago four days later in a game started by Drew Henson.

Late last week coach Jason Garrett said the coaches’ focus had been on Washington, not Miami. Any advantage in the short week might be mitigated by the fact that Dolphins coach Tony Sparano was a Dallas assistant from 2003-07.

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THURSDAY INJURY UPDATE: Kitna | Kosier | Fiammetta | Holland | Austin | Jenkins

NFL Injury Update - The Boys Are Back blog

NFL Injury Update - The Boys Are Back blog

The Cowboys had only three changes to their injury report from Wednesday: Right guard Kyle Kosier (foot) returned to practice Thursday and was limited; fullback Tony Fiammetta (illness) was limited Wednesday but missed all of practice Thursday; and backup quarterback Jon Kitna (back) missed practice Thursday.

Left guard Montrae Holland (illness) was off the injury report. He said Thursday he was feeling fine.

Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring) haven’t practiced this week and are not expected to play again this week.

RELATED: Thursday Practice Report

The Dallas Cowboys had a few changes at Thursday’s practice at Valley Ranch as they prepare for Sunday’s game in Washington.

·After missing practice on Wednesday, both starting guards were back on the field Thursday. Left guard Montrae Holland (flu) and right guard Kyle Kosier (foot) were practicing in full participation.

·QB Jon Kitna was not at practice and the official Thursday injury report has yet to be announced. Kitna hasn’t been on the injury report all season. He did miss some time in training camp with a back injury.

·FB Tony Fiammetta missed his second practice with flu-like symptoms as well.

·WR Miles Austin and CB Mike Jenkins didn’t practice again with hamstring injuries. It’s unlikely they will play or even make the trip this weekend in Washington.

·LB Sean Lee wore his bulky club-wrap around his left hand/wrist again. He tried an open cast on Wednesday but went back to the heavy wrap and will likely play that way in Sunday’s game.

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SATURDAY INJURY UPDATE: Felix Jones | Miles Austin | Mike Jenkins | Three questionable

NFL Injury Update - The Boys Are Back blog

NFL Injury Update - The Boys Are Back blog

Running back Felix Jones will miss his fourth consecutive game. He said Friday his high left ankle sprain is not ready yet, and the Cowboys have ruled him out of Sunday’s game. Jones has missed the past three games with the injury. In Jones’ absence, rookie DeMarco Murray has run for 466 yards. It is the best three-game stretch in team history. Emmitt Smith’s best three-game run was 446 yards in 1993.

Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring) also will not play this week.

Right guard Kyle Kosier (foot), linebacker Sean Lee (wrist) and punter Mat McBriar (foot) are questionable.

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WEDNESDAY INJURY UPDATE: Sean Lee | Kyle Kosier | Felix Jones | Miles Austin | Mike Jenkins

NFL Injury Update - The Boys Are Back blog

NFL Injury Update - The Boys Are Back blog

Inside linebacker Sean Lee is on the practice field with a heavily protected left arm. Lee dislocated his left wrist in the Cowboys’ loss to the Eagles on Oct. 30. He sat out Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

He will play with a cast, if he plays against the Bills as expected, though it will have to be a less heavily padded club than what he is practicing with Wednesday.

Lee’s 73 tackles still leads the team, 30 more than Gerald Sensabaugh.

The Cowboys made do without Lee on Sunday, using Keith Brooking and Bradie James primarily as well as rookie Bruce Carter and Barry Church. Brooking had five tackles, according to the coaches’ stats, and James had six.

Right guard Kyle Kosier (foot) is out of practice. He missed last Wednesday’s practice, too, to rest his torn plantar fascia. But he has not missed a game with the injury.

Backup offensive tackle Jeremy Parnell was not at practice Wednesday morning.

Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring) and running back Felix Jones (ankle) also missed the start of practice. Felix Jones is rehabbing and could play this week. Jenkins and Austin will miss this week.

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FRIDAY INJURY UPDATE: Kosier | Lee | Jenkins | Jones | McBriar | Romo

Right guard Kyle Kosier (foot) was limited in practice Thursday. He missed  practice for the first time this season on Wednesday, resting his plantar  fascia.

“He got through most everything,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “I  thought he had a good practice. …Today, he came back and had a pretty full  practice and seemed like he was moving around OK.”

Nothing else changed on the practice report.

Linebacker Sean Lee (wrist), cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring) and running  back Felix Jones (ankle) did not practice. Jenkins likely will miss the next  three games. Jones could miss his third consecutive game as he recovers from a  high-ankle sprain. Lee hopes to play with a cast, and the Cowboys are holding  out hope that the swelling will subside enough to fit him for a cast. But  chances are good he could miss his first game of the season.

Punter Mat McBriar, who has nerve damage in his left (plant) foot, was  limited again in practice. Quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) had a full practice.

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WEDNESDAY PRACTICE UPDATE: Sean Lee, Felix Jones sit out | Kosier limited

The first practice since last week’s 34-7 loss to the Eagles saw a few key players not on the field Wednesday at Valley Ranch.

Most notably, running back Felix Jones, who has now missed two straight games with a high-ankle sprain, was not in attendance and wasn’t working with the athletic trainers or the strength and conditioning staff during the early portion of practice.

With the Cowboys cutting Tashard Choice on Saturday, leaving just rookies DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner as the only healthy backs on the roster, it seemed as if Jones might be ready to return to practice this week. While Jones could practice Thursday or Friday, it seems likely at this point that Murray would get his second straight start Sunday against Seattle.

Linebacker Sean Lee missed Wednesday’s practice with a dislocated left wrist. Lee visited a hand specialist on Monday and he wasn’t ruling out the possibility of playing against Seattle. That would depend on how much swelling decreased in his wrist and how limited he would be wearing a protective cast.

“If I can get it wrapped up and not worry about hurting it more than it is, I’d play (Sunday),” Lee said. “I just have to be smart about it.”

And for the third straight week, right guard Kyle Kosier was only limited in practice. He worked with the starting five at the beginning of practice but went back into the training room once the team went into its stretching period. Kosier has been limited for the last three Wednesdays of practice with a foot injury.

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THE VILLAGE IS BURNING: DMN columnist Rick Gosselin chats with readers after the Cowboys vs Eagles game

Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin chatted with readers Monday in the aftermath of the Cowboys-Eagles game to talk about a number of Cowboys-related items. Here are some highlights from the chat:

QUESTION: How is it that I can seemingly call exactly what they are going to do on offense about 70% of the time? Am I a football genius or are they truly that predictable?

Rick Gosselin:  Until Dez Bryant learns how to run routes, this will be predictable offense. Hand it to Murray, throw short crossing routes to Jason Witten   and work the intermediate areas with Miles Austin. Bryant is the wild card. He can make plays short, medium and long. But until he develops some discipline in his route running, Romo isn’t going to trust him. Bryant also better figure out how to beat press coverage by a defensive back. Nnamdi Asomugha schooled Bryant last night. When Bryant doesn’t have his way with defensive backs, he gets frustrated. Asomugha was so deep into Bryant’s head last night he became a non-factor.

QUESTION: Did the eagles figure out their problems and become a dominant team or was that more of an example of Dallas laying an egg against a 2-4 team?

Rick Gosselin: All of the above. The Eagles were the most talented team in the NFC East on opening day, and they remain the most talented team today. I believed the Eagles would have their struggles early and they might lose a few games as all the new pieces were attempting to fit together. I never expected them to lose four of their first six, though. Still, they have nine new starters, a new defensive coordinator and two new line coaches, one on offense and one on defense and it was going to take time for all of them to mesh. It appears the entire package came together last night and you saw what a juggernaut the Eagles could be. Still, the Cowboys played timid. Had they won, they would have all but ended Philadelphia’s season. The Eagles would have had to go 8-1 the rest of the way to win the division. With the rugged schedule the Giants face, I think the Eagles may have put themselves in a position to win the division last night. The Cowboys could have done the same with a victory. The Eagles succeeded, the Cowboys failed.

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