Cowboys News & Notes

News and notes surrounding Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, as well as some parting shots with wide receiver Reggie Swinton, who was traded to the Green Bay Packers earlier in the week.

* WR Reggie Swinton is finally getting what he always wanted a chance to play a bigger role albeit with the Green Bay Packers.

The Cowboys traded Swinton to the Packers Tuesday for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. He will have to be active for the majority of the games for the Cowboys to receive Green Bay's seventh-round pick next season.

That shouldn't be a problem because Swinton is expected to play a significant role in the Packers' return game.

"I think they want me to return kicks and punts, and they said I'll play some receiver, too," said Swinton. "I'm a little shocked right now. I knew there was a chance I'd be traded. But now that it's here, I'm numb. But I'm glad to go to a place where I'm wanted. I'm looking forward to going to Green Bay and being a Packer."

Swinton made a last-ditch effort to make the Cowboys roster out of training camp with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Raiders in the preseason finale. After being the team's primary kick returner in the season opener against Atlanta, he had three kickoff returns for 65 yards (21.7 avg.) and one punt return for 0 yards to go with three fair catches. Swinton did not make either of the last two road trips to New York. The Cowboys have used rookie wide receiver Zuriel Smith in the return game.

In two prior seasons in Dallas, Swinton played 29 games with an 11.1-yard punt return average in 50 tries, compared to a 24.1-yard kickoff return average over 84 attempts.

As a receiver Swinton has 14 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown. He has also returned one punt and one kickoff for touchdowns.

* OT Torrin Tucker will be added to the active roster from the practice squad to fill the void created by the Reggie Swinton trade. He will likely be replaced on the practice squad by a receiver.

Tucker will add more depth on the offensive line, which could be useful, depending on the knee injury to Ryan Young, who did not play last week against the Jets.

* LB Dat Nguyen leads the team in tackles with 21 after notching a season high 12 against the Jets last Sunday.

* LB Al Singleton has brought some of the Tampa Bay magic to Dallas. He is tied for the team lead in individual takeaways with an interception and a fumble recovery. Singleton returned the interception 41 yards for a touchdown against the Giants.

THE GAME PLAN FOR SUNDAY: The key as usual with the Cowboys is to play field position and mistake-free football. They want to establish the run to set up play action passes from quarterback Quincy Carter to their trio of speedy receivers, Antonio Bryant, Joey Galloway and Terry Glenn. Defensively, the focus is to stop the run with Emmitt Smith and make the Cardinals a one-dimensional pass offense. They want to make quarterback Jeff Blake beat them with the pass, considering Blake has four interceptions this season.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Cardinals RB Emmitt Smith vs. Cowboys defense- Nobody runs better than a motivated Emmitt Smith and there's no question that Smith will be jacked for his first game as an opponent in Texas Stadium against his former team that he feels didn't want him anymore after 13 glorious seasons. The Cowboys know as much and will be primed to stop Smith and make him pay for the trashy comments he made about his former teammates in the preseason. What's true is that Smith has struggled on the ground this season, notching 193 yards in four games. The Cowboys have been stout against the run, ranking fourth in the league.

INJURY IMPACT: RT Ryan Young, who missed the Jets game with knee swelling, says he will be ready for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Parcells is not too worried either, saying the brace he's been wearing might be part of the problem. "We are going to change the brace to see if that will help some things," Parcells said.

If not, Parcells knows he can now count on Vollers, who was part of an impressive offensive line performance that paved the way for 202 yards rushing against the Jets.

* CB Derek Ross was held out of action last week after showing no confidence in his surgically repaired knee despite two weeks of practice. The situation is starting to concern coach Bill Parcells because most people return from arthroscopic surgery between two and four weeks. It has been almost six weeks since Ross got his knee scoped.

Parcells said Ross would sit until he practices with confidence and abandon.

"The doctors and trainers are telling me he should be ready," Parcells said. "He has practiced for almost two weeks. If you practice you should be able to start doing something."

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