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September 13, 2012

Kyle Wilber will start his Cowboys' career on special teams this week

Kyle Wilber can't wait to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Seahawks. Wilber missed most of the off-season after finger surgery. He missed the season opener against the Giants while continuing his rehab from left thumb surgery.

Wilber said the pain isn't gone from his thumb, but he will play through it this week.

"It hurts more not to be out there," said Wilber, the 113th overall pick. "It definitely drives me to be playing through the injury. I’d rather just play with the injury than sit on the sideline."

Wilber is wearing a club-like cast on his left hand, but he said he will wear something smaller for the game.

"Right now, we’re just trying to see what works best for me, so I can play my best," said Wilber, who injured his thumb in the preseason opener against Oakland on Aug. 13.

Wilber's contributions will begin on special teams. He may see little time on defense this season, with his injuries having put him behind in learning the defense.

"He’s a rookie; he has missed a lot of time; and he has a cast on his hand," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "So those three things aren’t great for him. But having said that, he’s worked very hard, and he’s a smart guy. He’s a conscientious guy. He’s practiced with us the last few days, and he’s getting more and more comfortable both as a defensive player and what we’re asking him to do on special teams."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean 




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