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November 18, 2013

Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox excited to be back, ready to help his teammates after some helpless moments

Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox will play against the Giants after missing the last three games with a sprained knee.
Wilcox, who been sidelined since the Eagles game on Oct. 20, tried to use the time away and hone his mental approach to the game.
The rookie third-round pick said studied a lot more film, giving him a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the defense.
"I'm excited coming back and going to work with my brothers again," Wilcox said. 
He will not wear a brace on his knee. He will just tape it up as he said the injury has healed, making it more of mental hurdle than a physical hurdle he must overcome.
Wilcox said he didn't realize how much he would miss the game until he was sidelined for three weeks. He is excited and raring to go like a rookie in his first game all over again.
"I missed it tons, tons, tons," Wilcox said. "You don't think about it until you are sitting watching your teammates. I'm kind of like a rookie all over again. I can understand that. I have to understand what I can do and what I can control."
The Cowboys are certainly happy to have Wilcox back on the field as two of three games he missed featured the most yards ever given up by a defense in club history. He said he sat and watched with a helpless feeling wondering what might have been if he had been healthy and on the field. 
"Yes...just to see the faces and understand the 'what if'," Wilcox said. "It's the 'what if' that bothers me. I'm just ready to get back man and go back to work."
Rookie free agent Jeff Heath struggled in the starting lineup in place of Wilcox the past three games.

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