Just CHILL: Bradie James says this is the beginning of a football double header and other Cowboys tidbits from Thursday
--LB Bradie James normally subscribes to the one game at a time theory. But with the Cowboys facing Redskins on Sunday and the Raiders four days later on Thanksgiving, he said he looking at both games together. He called it football double header. He said the Cowboys are focused on sweeping both games so they can get the Green Bay loss out of their minds and get back on a roll before crucial December stretch. They want to be 8-3 heading into the Dec. 6 showdown at the New York Giants.
--Kicker David Buehler plans to kick off on Sunday's despite a fractured right picky toe. After missing Wednesday practice Buehler said he will give it a go in practice today to test himself for Sunday. He plans to tape his toes together to hopefully reduce the pain. Buehler said it bothers him when he runs and plants but said he will work through it. If he can't kick, Nick Folk will handle field goals and kick offs.
--RB Felix Jones had runs of at least 11 yards or longer in each of the first five games he played this year. The last two weeks his longest runs have been four yards. Running back coach Skip Peete says its more of a product of team's keying on Jones that him being slowed by the sprained knee that sidelined him for two games earlier in the year.
--SS Gerald Sensabaugh will handle the calls in the secondary in place of the injured Ken Hamlin. Normally the free safety makes the calls but with the inexperienced Alan Ball replacing Hamlin in the starting role, Sensabaugh will serve as the quarterback of the secondary.
--FS Ken Hamlin is slated to be out two to four weeks with a sprained ankle. According to the Cowboys trainers, it will more closer to four weeks than two weeks. So don't look for Hamlin back in the lineup until the Chargers game on Dec. 13 at the earliest.
--LB DeMarcus Ware is a good bet to have a big day against the Redskins. He has had a sack in six straight games against the Redskins dating back to 2006. He is tied for the longest active sack streak in the NFL against one opponent. Chike Okeafor had six straight games with a sack against the Cardinals when he was with the Cardinals. Okeafor now plays for the Cardinals so Ware will be all alone if he gets another on Sunday.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.