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October 26, 2012

Romo says Cowboys do not need to significantly alter game plan for Giants despite Murray's absence

The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants in the team’s Sept. 5 season opener by leaning on a strong rushing performance from a player who will not play in Sunday’s rematch (DeMarco Murray, 131 yards) and two touchdown catches by a fourth-year receiver (Kevin Ogletree) who has not found the end zone in any other game in his NFL career _ before or since.

But quarterback Tony Romo said the Cowboys will not have to radically adjust their offensive game plan for Sunday’s game against the Giants at Cowboys Stadium, even with leading rusher Murray sidelined by a sprained foot.

“No, I don’t think you take that approach. You’re still fundamentally going to have your stuff and your core things,” Romo said. “At the same time, you have to still come up with ideas that work against them. You’re still playing against their concepts. You use some of the stuff you did last time, you’ll get rid of something else. It’s all about how well you did, how well it works and at the same time, the adjustments on game day.”

This time around, Romo will be able to throw to a healthy tight end Jason Witten (33 catches, 320 yards, 1 TD). Witten was a surprise, game-day addition to the Cowboys’ active roster in the opener and grabbed two passes for 10 yards in his first game back from a lacerated spleen.

_ Jimmy Burch

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