Friday Cowboys Notebook

Sean Lee has taken over at inside linebacker and the Cowboys think there are few limits to his potential.

The key was him finally staying healthy and now it seems the light has turned on for him. Even Keith Brooking who has been benched in favor of Lee sees the potential.

"I've said all along, the sky's the limit for Sean," Brooking said. "He's very instinctive. I think just the more reps he gets, the more familiar with the defense he gets, you're just going to see him continue to progress.

"He's extremely intelligent, he works his tail off. So, yeah, he's going to be a heck of a football player."

—A Dallas win Sunday would be its first of the season and prevent it from dropping two straight games to open the year in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2000-2001. The Cowboys opened 0-2 last year en route to a 6-10 season.

—CB Mike Jenkins had a label of being soft for the first three years of his NFL career. But Jenkins did his best to dispel that notion in the season opener against the Giants. He went into the game nursing a stinger and hyperextended knee. He played anyway. He left the field a few times during the game after re-aggravating the stinger and bruising his shoulder. But he came back and finished.

"It was impressive. It was impressive," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was banged up coming into the ball game. And he had a couple different things going on. He had a shoulder. He had a knee. And he had practiced hard through that last week. And he went out there, committed to play in the ball game. And he got banged up again in the game. He went out, came back, went out, came back, kept fighting and if you're a coach or player on a football team and a guy's doing that — just putting it on the line, fighting through some things, that's inspirational.

"It's really a positive thing for your football team and again we wouldn't have put him out there if we felt we were endangering of injuring himself any further. It's a guy being a tough football player and I think we have a lot of guys on the team who have those capabilities and they're growing in their maturity and understanding of the importance of doing those kinds of things and Jenks is no exception to that."

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 — The 49ers are one of eight teams who own the series advantage against the Cowboys. The others are Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, Miami, Oakland and St. Louis.

6 — Number of times the Cowboys have faced the 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This may draw a little criticism, but I thought Tony played one of the best games I've ever seen him play. You can make a big case that the way he played for three quarters was how we got there at the end and looked like for sure we were going to get the win. But he played outstanding. (Romo) is one of the best assets we have to get us where we want to go. When you got somebody that can master it you got something special. He is close. Don't drop Romo. He's going to be our ticket." — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on quarterback Tony Romo.

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