EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Cowboys have two surprise starters on defense tonight vs. the New York Jets with Jason Hatcher starting at left defensive end and Sean Lee starting at inside linebacker next to Bradie James.
Kenyon Coleman had been with the first group since the early part of training camp. After missing the final three preseason games with a groin injury, Marcus Spears will start at right defensive end. It will be Hatcher’s second career start.
Lee replaces Keith Brooking, who was limited in training camp to one preseason game because of a hamstring injury. Brooking had started all but two games in the last 10 seasons, serving as a backup twice in 2009.