Saturday news and notes

The Cowboys will try to play smart and more disciplined football Sunday against the Giants.

The Cowboys placed safety/kickoff returner Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Spears (calf) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Owusu-Ansah, injured in the Jacksonville game, saw action as the club's kickoff return man in the first seven games of the season. The rookie led the team with 25 kickoff returns for 543 yards (21.7 average) with a long return of 41 yards.

Spears recorded 24 tackles, one tackle for loss and three pressures before injuring his calf early in the third quarter at Green Bay. He did not return to the game.

The club added two defensive linemen — Jeremy Clark and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen — to the active roster.

Clark, a four-year veteran, was released by Arizona on Sept. 3. He originally signed with Philadelphia as a rookie free agent in 2007 out of Alabama and spent his rookie season on the Eagles' practice squad. Clark played for the Giants in 2008, seeing action in four games and recording four tackles prior to his release in September 2009. Last year, he spent time on both the Falcons' and Giants' practice squads.

Saddler-McQueen went to training camp with the Cowboys after signing with the club on July 29 as a rookie free agent out of Texas A&M Kingsville. He originally signed with the Bears following the 2010 draft and was released on July 21. Saddler-McQueen was released by Dallas on final roster cuts and signed to the Rams' practice squad.

SATURDAY NOTES: LB Bradie James returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with a sprained knee. He will play against the Giants on Sunday.

—LB Anthony Spencer was limited in practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with a stinger. He participated fully on Friday and will play against the Giants.

—DE Alex Daniels, who was signed to the practice squad as a fullback on Oct. 5, has been moved back to defensive end. Daniels started his career as a defensive end before the Raiders moved him to fullback. "I just play football," Daniels said. "Whatever coach Garrett needs. I'll get him water or wash his car."

—DE Jason Hatcher, who has missed the past two games with a groin strain, is targeting a return for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Saints if not sooner.

"If I don't play next week, I'll at least get the shoulder pads on and get some work in," Hatcher said.

GAME PLAN: The Cowboys will try to play smart and more disciplined football. They need to establish the run and take some pressure off of quarterback Jon Kitna, who has six picks the past two games. Defensively, they must cover in the secondary and find a way to slow the running game for the first time in six weeks.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Cowboys LB Bradie James. Bradshaw gashed the Cowboys in the first meeting two weeks ago. He was one of four running backs to rush for over 100 yards against Dallas in a span of five weeks. James leads the Cowboys in tackles, but he needs more stops at or near the line of scrimmage rather than downfield.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant vs. Giants secondary. Bryant has emerged as the Cowboys' do-it-all player. The team will try to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. He leads the team with six touchdowns, four receiving. The Giants must pay attention to him, especially in the red zone.

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