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September 26, 2012

Sensabaugh makes it clear to reporters (and the Bears?) that he's going to play Monday night

Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh said he’s going to play Monday night.

He wasn’t kidding or being coy.

Or was he?

“I’m going to play,” he said. “I’m going to play. Put it that way.”

So you’ve been cleared, a reporter asked.

“I’m just going to play. Yeah,” Sensabaugh said.

On the field?

“Yeah, on the field,” he said to laughs. “I’m going to have my helmet and everything. I’m going to dress.”

So, practice today. How was it?

“We had like a walk-through practice, but I went through it all,” Sensabaugh said. “Did some running afterwards. I’ve been able to run. I’ll be ready to go. I’m good.”

Sensabaugh and the Cowboys could just be making sure the Chicago Bears believe he is going to play.

But if nothing else, the eight-year veteran was genuine when he said he wants to play so he can continue to be a part of what he called the best defense he has ever played on.

“I want to be part of it at all costs,” he said. “I hate missing games. I like to play. I’m not one of those guys that’s all about – I don’t know, I’ve played enough games, I’m secure in what I’ve done in this league. I just like to play. I think this is by far the best defense I’ve ever been a part of, and I really want to be a part of it.”

Sensabaugh is trying to come back from a strained calf that kept him out of last week’s game.

Is he hurting right now?

“I feel 100 percent,” he said. He smiled. “That’s all I’m going to say.”

But he added, “I want to play. I want to be a part of this defense. As long as I’m not out there at risk to our team, I want to be out there and be a part of this. ... I just can’t wait to see what we earn.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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