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Pondering the 46: Calling all D-linemen

10/18/2013

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have nine defensive linemen on their 52-man roster now that Jason Vega has been called up from the practice squad and Edgar Jones on short-term injured reserve.

The hunch – and that’s all it is – is that DeMarcus Ware will dress Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but as we Ponder the 46, I think the Cowboys will protect themselves and have all of their available defensive linemen active.

The Cowboys need only six inactives this week with Jones going on short-term injured reserve on Friday and the team choosing not to fill the final spot.

Officially Ware is doubtful, but I think Ware plays even if he is limited to a third-down role.

I don’t have the same hunch that DeMarco Murray will play with his sprained medial collateral ligament. With Lance Dunbar out, that leaves the Cowboys with only two tailbacks in Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner.

Linebacker DeVonte Holloman is out with a neck injury, so that’s another inactive to count.

So in predicting the inactives for the game it is the three injured players: Dunbar, and Holloman, who have been ruled out already, Murray, who is doubtful, and two offensive linemen: Darrion Weems and David Arkin.