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Not only did Quincy Carter make up for last season's four-interception performance against Arizona that cost him his starting job, but also he quarterbacked the Cowboys into first place for the first time since 1999.

* QB Quincy Carter passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's victory against Arizona.

Not only did he make up for last season's four-interception performance against Arizona that cost him his starting job, but also he quarterbacked the Cowboys into first place for the first time since 1999.

Sounds like plenty of reason to celebrate after the game.

But what did Carter do?

He came to the Cowboy Valley Ranch headquarters to watch film of the game and began his preparation for the Eagles.

"I will tell you this, just so you know, when the game is over, he ices after the game, then he comes over here and watches the film last night, so that ought to tell you something," Parcells said. "Now when Sean Peyton tells him what he did wrong, he already knows. He comes in and he recites to me, 'I missed this throw. This went to Terry and it should've went to' ... That's something I admire. It means something to him. He could be out having a good time, but he's not. He's in here taking care of his business. That's important to me. I'll bet you there wasn't too many other quarterbacks in the NFL doing that last night."

* SS Roy Williams can't catch a break about his weight. He showed why he is considered one of the league's best safeties on Sunday, punishing the Cardinals with bone jarring hits. Two collisions loosened the ball from the receivers and one may have ended former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith career. Smith is out indefinitely with a shoulder fracture. He also had an interception.

In the locker room Monday, cornerback Mario Edwards called Williams a heavyweight fighter and cornerback Terence Newman, who fed off Williams energy with a bone jarring hit of his own, the featherweight.

Parcells called Williams' play catalytic and inspiring.

"Those dynamic hitters are catalytic players," Parcells said. "They inspire people and they get people going. Roy is coming along. I told him he should to use his eyes more. He's making some improvement and playing better pass defense. He could have scored with that interception if he was a bit more agile."

Now that hurts.

* TE Tony McGee was signed by the Cowboys, who released veteran defensive tackle Michael Myers to make room. The club also released rookie cornerback Jeff Sanchez from the practice squad and signed defensive end Colston Weatherington to replace Sanchez. McGee, an 11-year veteran who was waived on the final cut this summer, was signed as insurance for injured tight end Jason Witten (broken jaw).

* WR Kevin Lockett was given a workout by the Cowboys but was not signed to a contract.

Lockett, who played four seasons in Kansas City, spent last year in Jacksonville with current Cowboys wide receiver coach John McNulty.

The Cowboys traded Reggie Swinton to Green Bay last week, leaving them with only five receivers on the 53-man roster. Randal Williams and Zuriel Smith are playing mostly special teams, behind the trio of Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn and Antonio Bryant.

While Lockett, a former Kansas State standout, had just 16 catches for 205 yards last season, he did score a career-high four touchdowns. For his career, Lockett has 125 grabs for 1,662 yards and eight touchdowns.

* CB Derek Ross is healthy again after having knee surgery in the preseason. However, he won't get on the field until he shows confidence in the knee by playing with reckless abandon. The trainers have said nothing is wrong with the knee physically. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said its a mental problem with Ross but is remaining patient for now.

The Cowboys hoped he would be ready to go two weeks ago and are hoping for the same thing on Sunday.

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