Brandon Carr feels good after final tuneup

ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s unusual to see an established starter on the field in the preseason finale, but the Dallas Cowboys coaches thought Brandon Carr could benefit from a little more work before the games started mattering.

Carr, who missed most of training camp and the first two preseason games due to his mother’s death, played the first series Thursday night against the Denver Broncos.

"I felt good to get a couple of plays under my belt,” Carr said. “I feel good going into next week's home opener. Now it's time to polish up the finished product and get ready for next Sunday."

Carr actually played eight snaps against the Broncos, including a penalty called on linebacker Kyle Wilber. He played 17 snaps on Aug. 23 against the Miami Dolphins.

There was a tentative plan for defensive tackle Henry Melton to play a series or two after missing the first three preseason games, but he wore a cap and watched from the sideline. He’ll suit up for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers after not getting any game action since tearing his ACL last September.