Sean Lee's emergence as the lead dog at inside linebacker has meant a reduced role for veterans Bradie James and Keith Brooking.
James still starts opposite Lee but he is a rotation with Brooking.
The result was pretty for James against the Jets as he played less snaps than all three linebackers and recorded just one tackle.
Lingering knee issues are partly to blame but the bottom line is that his team-record streak of being the Cowboys leading tackler the last six years will likely come to an end in 2011.
"This is my ninth season and I have learned to check my ego at the door," James said. "All that matters now is winning. Whoever is out there giving us the best chance to win that's what you have to roll with."