Friday Notes

LB Bradie James was held out of practice on Thursday because of a sprained PCL.

-- He is expected to play against the Giants. He has been dealing with the injury the past two weeks and had one of his best games against the Vikings last Sunday with 13 tackles.

--WR Dez Bryant was held out of practice with a sprained ankle until Friday, when he was limited during drills. "He was out there running around pretty good," coach Wade Phillips said. "He's way ahead of where he was the previous week or two." Bryant has been slowed by the injury since training camp and will likely have to manage it all season. He has not missed any regular-season games and is expected to play against the Giants.

--OG Kyle Kosier was in a walking boot with a strained Achilles. He is listed as day to day but could miss up to two weeks. Montrae Holland will start in his place against the Giants.

--OT Marc Colombo was held out of practice for precautionary reasons. With the Giants game on Monday night, the Cowboys gave Colombo time to rest his aging and ailing knees.

GAME PLAN: The Cowboys need to keep doing what they are doing offensively and defensively, where they rank third and fourth in the league, respectively. Against the Giants, they need to stop running back Ahmad Bradshaw and prevent the big play to receiver Hakeem Nicks. Offensively, they must protect quarterback Tony Romo against the Giants' pass rush, which will mean leaning heavily on the running game and quick throws to the receivers and backs.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cowboys OT Doug Free vs. Giants DE Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora spent much of the offseason talking about retirement or getting traded. He was benched at times last season because he had fallen from his Pro Bowl level. Well, the old Umenyiora is back. He has eight of the Giants' 15 sacks. Free has done a good job this season against Jared Allen, Julius Peppers and Mario Williams. He will have his hands full with Umenyiora, who is playing as well or better than anyone. Look for Free to get some help from TE Jason Witten

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks vs. Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins. Jenkins has been targeted for big plays all season by opposing offenses. He has allowed six receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets in his direction. He already has five pass-interference and illegal-contact penalties to lead the league. There is no doubt the Giants are going to go after him with Nicks, who leads the NFC with six touchdown catches.

INJURY IMPACT: G Kyle Kosier (strained right Achilles) is listed as day to day, and the Cowboys have not ruled him out for Monday's game against the Giants.

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