Starting safety spot could be open

December, 27, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys have started four different free safeties this season. When Barry Church went down with a torn Achilles in Week three, Danny McCray took over for five consecutive weeks until Charlie Peprah replaced him.

Peprah's foot injury cost him a few games and McCray regained the starting spot. But Eric Frampton started at safety against New Orleans last week.

Coach Jason Garrett praised Frampton's efforts in the Saints game, but left the door open for a possible change at safety, yet again.

"He has done a good job for us," Garrett said. "As we go over the course of the week, we'll figure out the roles for the different players on the back end. It's good that we have a few different options. Now I think those guys are healthier than they've been so were excited about playing a different kind of combination of guys this week than we've been able to the last couple of weeks."

Peprah, who missed four games with a foot injury, could return to the starting lineup in the regular season finale at Washington.

One note about the safeties: In some defensive packages, Gerald Sensabaugh is the only safety on the field. He plays both strong and free safety.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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