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Like Keith Brooking, Bradie James OK with role

IRVING, Texas -- Bradie James has started 97 straight games for the Cowboys since 2005, an inside linebacker mark bettered only by Washington’s London Fletcher, who has started 164 straight.

While James is the starter he saw a reduction in snaps in the season opener vs. the New York Jets as he and Keith Brooking split the work opposite Sean Lee.

“It’s a little different for me,” James said. “My job and my role is to accept it, whatever it is. I was a little banged up going into last week (ankle) and I think each week as we get progressive in this defense we all know what our roles are. I’ve been around. This is my ninth season. I’ve learned to check my ego at the door and just go play. All that matters now is winning. Whoever’s out there gives us the best chance and that’s what we’ve got to roll with.”

James had nothing but praise for Lee, who was credited by the coaches with 15 tackles, an interception, pass deflection and fumble recovery.

“I need to give him some of the extra stuff I’ve got in my bag to help him to continue to play well,” James said. “It was very impressive the way Sean Lee played. He almost played a perfect game, to be honest with you.”