--Although guard Larry Allen (hamstring) practiced with the team on Thursday, he remains questionable for Monday's game with the Giants.
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.
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.
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
--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
"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
"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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