Pondering the 46: Getting Sims, Peprah to game

October, 26, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – When the Cowboys signed Ernie Sims and Charlie Peprah this week, it wasn’t for the veterans to sit on the sidelines.

Provided they know enough of the scheme (and by all appearances they do), how do the Cowboys get them on the 46-man roster for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants?

With DeMarco Murray (foot), Sean Lissemore (ankle), Matt Johnson (hamstring) and Phil Costa (ankle) out for Sunday, the Cowboys have to find three more inactive players.

They will go with eight offensive linemen in order for David Arkin to be the backup center, so that means the Cowboys could go lighter than normal at wide receiver. They have dressed five receivers with Dwayne Harris and Andre Holmes filling out the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. Holmes could join Cole Beasley on the inactive list.

Rookie outside linebacker Kyle Wilber did not play vs. Carolina and is unlikely to go against the Giants now that Anthony Spencer has returned. Sims can play special teams and fill a role on the pass defense, so the Cowboys can go with eight linebackers.

They can also go with every healthy defensive back, too, if they want. Of the newcomers, Peprah is the one who could sit if the Cowboys choose to keep five wide receivers up. Given the passing nature of the Giants and the lack of depth at safety that just doesn’t seem likely.

Look for Wilber, Harris and Beasley to be the three inactive players with the injured guys.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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