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November 12, 2012

Kenyon Coleman out for the season with a torn triceps

The Cowboys have lost a third defensive starter for the season. Defensive end Kenyon Coleman will join inside linebacker Sean Lee (foot) and safety Barry Church (Achilles) on injured reserve after Coleman tore his left triceps in Sunday's victory over the Eagles.

Coleman, who was injured on a 23-yard run by LeSean McCoy on the Eagles' first drive of the third quarter, will have surgery Tuesday.

"That’s a loss for us, because he’s been such a good player for us," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He is one of the leaders of the defensive line and certainly one of the leaders of our defense. He is a very, very good run defender and has shown that he can push the pocket and pressure the quarterback a little bit too. He’ll be a loss for us, but like with the other guys that have gone out this year, the next man has to be up. We feel like we have some good depth at the defensive line position, so the next guy is going to jump in there and we will continue to have a rotation there at the defensive line, and hopefully, they will play as well as Kenyon was playing."

Coleman, 33, might have played his final game for the Cowboys. He is in the final year of the two-year deal he signed with Dallas as a free agent. He counts $2.3 million against the cap.

Rookie Tyrone Crawford, Marcus Spears, Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore will replace Coleman. Lissemore has missed the past five games with a high ankle sprain. Spears has 83 career starts.

"We haven't any determination about who's starting, but we've had Marcus Spears, who has been a starter for us in the past, so he'll certainly play a lot," Garrett said. "Crawford will be a part of the mix, and Josh Brent will be a part of the mix. We'll work those guys through and around those different spots on the defensive line."

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean


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