Barry Church said the Cowboys lost steam in the second half against Seattle, but that they will fix that this week.
“We just sat in there and watched the film. We didn’t come out with that hunger in the second half,” he said Monday at Valley Ranch. “We didn’t come out with that passion to go out there destroy these guys, put our foot on their throats. They kind of just kept running the ball, pounding on us.
“Our defense kind of wore down at the end.”
So what happened to the hunger?
“I’m not quite sure, but we’re definitely going to work it out this week and make sure it doesn’t happen anymore,” he said.
Church could only watch the wearing down of the defense in the second half. He didn’t play because of a quadriceps contusion, which is basically a thigh bruise.
“It’s like a deep thigh bruise, more around the side of my leg,” he said. “When I bring it up like this and run, it kind of hurts a little bit.”
Church said he’s going to sleep with a knee brace that keeps his leg flexed to keep the muscle stretched.
“I’m going to be fine,” he said. “I’m going to be able to go this week. They’re just stretching me out. Have a couple of treatments. I’ll be good. ... It swelled up last night. It was hurting like heck this morning. But once I stretched it out, it felt good. I just got to keep it warm.”
The Cowboys finished the game without Church or Gerald Sensabaugh.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Mario Butler and Mike Jenkins are under consideration for some playing time at safety if Church and Sensabaugh don’t get better.
-- Carlos Mendez