Wednesday Player Notes

News and notes six games into the 2005 season.

b>Other Notes: * RB Julius Jones might not get a Monday night replay in Seattle. Jones enjoyed the best outing of his career last year against the Seahawks, rushing 30 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns in a thriller on Monday night football. Jones missed last Sunday's game against the Giants with a sprained ankle and remains questionable for the Seahawks game. If he can't go, look for Anthony Thomas to start for the second straight week.

* QB Drew Bledsoe's 1,663 passing yards through six games is the most passing yards in the first six games of a season by any quarterback in Cowboys history. At his current pace, Bledsoe will finish with 4,435 passing yards. That would be a single-season franchise record for passing yards in a season and the first 4,000-plus-yard passing season in club history.

* WR Patrick Crayton (ankle) is not necessarily out for the season but he will be out six to eight weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles from a chipped non-weight bearing bone. The Cowboys must decide if they are going to put him injured reserve or whether to hold his roster spot open until he returns. Crayton was also the team's punt returner. He was fourth on the team in catches with 18 for 272 yards.

* LB DeMarcus Ware, picked 11th overall in the draft, is among five finalists for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week award. Ware had three tackles and a sack in the Cowboys' 16-13 overtime victory over the Giants. Ware now has a sack in four straight games.

* RB Marion Barber could have a bigger role in the Cowboys' offense. The rookie carried 11 times for 30 yards against the Giants. He also serves as the team's third-down back. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said he trusts Barber more than rookie Tyson Thompson. He said Barber started slow after being injured in training camp but is getting better. "I've just got to increase his awareness a little bit," Parcells said. "But he's pretty much an all-purpose guy. He will block. He'll catch. Hopefully he'll get a little better feel for the running as we go."

* CB Terence Newman wants to return punts now that Patrick Crayton is sidelined for at least two months. The decision rests with coach Bill Parcells, who has been hesitant to use Newman on punt returns because he logs so many snaps in the secondary. Newman, wide receiver Peerless Price or running back Marion Barber will get the first crack at the punt return job.

* CB Anthony Henry against the Giants showed why the Cowboys signed him in the off-season Henry was matched with receiver Plaxico Burress in a renewal of their AFC battles. Henry came to Dallas from the Browns. Burress came to New York from the Steelers. Henry led the Cowboys with seven tackles Sunday. He intercepted a pass intended for Burress and also forced a Burress fumble.

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