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November 16, 2011

James got one snap, and it didn't count

Inside linebacker Bradie James was on the field for only one play Sunday. The Cowboys had 12 players on the field, and received a penalty, so officially James never saw the field.

"We won the game, man,” James said Wednesday. “That’s what I’m here to do. The only thing I can control is how I react and how I respond to the situation. A win just makes it that much better.”

James has been a team player, declining to complain about his reduced playing time. He has played only 221 snaps and made only 34 tackles this season. He has led the team in tackles the past six seasons, but has been relegated to a role player by the emergence of Sean Lee.

“When I was younger, it would have been tougher to really understand what is going on,” James said. “Now, I see. My legacy is helping these younger guys and winning football games. That’s all I care about and that’s what we stress in practice all day long. ...We’re competitors by nature and as a competitor you want to be doing what you do. But you also have to see the big picture and that takes maturity and that takes a level head. And so that’s where I am.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it was a function of the Bills' offense that kept James on the bench for most of Sunday's game.

"Bradie has been playing more in our base defense," Garrett said. "If you’ve followed the Bills, they’ve been in three- and four-wide receiver sets for most of the year. So Bradie was involved in the base stuff that happened in the game, which was not very much of it."

James should see the field more against the Redskins.

"I'll play this week," James said. "It’s old-school ball."

-- Charean Williams



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