Thursday night Cowboys

Thursday evening update on the Dallas Cowboys.

--Although guard Larry Allen (hamstring) practiced with the team on Thursday, he remains questionable for Monday's game with the Giants.
   Allen sat out of Wednesday's practice. Parcells said he needs to get on the field "more than once" this week to play against the Giants. With the game on Monday, Allen and the Cowboys have an extra day to get ready.
   Parcells' hard-line attitude regarding Allen, however, might be partly rooted in his assessment that the former all-pro guard played "average" against the Falcons after hobbling through practiced last week.
   If Allen can't go, Tyson Walter is preparing to start in his place.
   --Defensive tackle Willie Blade practiced Wednesday and Thursday. However, Parcells said it's too early to tell how much they will be able to count on him Monday.
   --DE Greg Ellis and DE Ebenezer Ekuban provided a very average pass rush against the Falcons, coach Bill Parcells said.
   He is not exactly a coach who deals with "very average" very well, so he plans to rotate backup defensive ends Kenyon Coleman and Eric Ogbogu sooner and have them take more snaps from starters Greg Ellis and Ebenezer Ekuban.
   "I want to try to keep them a little fresher," Parcells said. "I noticed the Giants did that pretty well last week against the Rams, and that might be a help to us."
   Ekuban said he did not feel tired at the end of the game but realizes the pass rush needs to pick up.
   "I think collectively all of us feel as though we are close," said Ekuban, who had one sack last season. "Our coach always says it's all about attitude when you are rushing the passer. So I think once we get that in our mind that we have to be fierce out there, it will come."
   -- CB Jemeel Powell, who was claimed off waivers, is getting more reps in practice this week, but the Cowboys are waiting to see if he'll be ready for Monday's game against the Giants.
   --LB Bradie James was left off the active roster for Sunday's game against Atlanta, but Parcells said it had more to do with needs on the defensive line and that his cornerbacks and safeties were better special teams players.
   --CB Terence Newman earned the praise of Parcells for his performance against the Falcons Sunday. Parcells said the Cowboys' first-round draft choice received no extra help from the safeties in his first regular season NFL game and did a good job.

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