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October 20, 2011

Spears' performance against Patriots shows 'what he's capable of,' Garrett says

Defensive end Marcus Spears is coming off one of his best games, coach Jason Garrett said.

Spears had five tackles and a sack last week at New England, playing his second game in place of Jason Hatcher, who is out with a calf strain.

“I think he played really well in this last game. Maybe his best game of the year, best game in a little while,” Garrett said. “Thought he was very active in the game. He showed up in quarterback pressures, showed up in the run game. He defeated blocks well. Made some plays. That’s what he’s capable of doing.”

Spears missed the final eight games last year because of a strained calf. The Cowboys let him test free agency, then re-signed him at the start of training camp.

“He had an injury at the end of last year. He’s working his way back from that,” Garrett said. “But it looks like he’s playing well, both as a run defender and a pass rusher.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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