Inactive last week, Marcus Spears back this week

IRVING, Texas -- With Sean Lissemore out with a high right ankle sprain, Marcus Spears will return to the Cowboys lineup.

Spears was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last week at Baltimore as Jay Ratliff made his debut. He has battled a sore knee, which was not bad enough to keep him out of the lineup.

“It was tough,” said Spears, who has missed only eight games in his eight seasons because of injury. “That is not in my hands. The thing about it, through the grace of God, my knee feels 10 times better. That’s how I’m going to look at it.”

Spears has 11 tackles in four games and leads the defensive line with two tackles for loss.

“You have to be ready to play,” Spears said. “That was the mentality when I was inactive. You have to be ready every week. I have seen this situation a bunch of times. Guys have been inactive and then end up being key parts of what we are trying to do around here. That’s the mentality that I keep. Obviously you’re damn mad about not playing, but at the end of the day you have to follow suit.”