Dallas Cowboys to alter lineup

November, 24, 2013
11/24/13
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There are no surprises with the Dallas Cowboys' inactives: Jakar Hamilton, Sean Lee, Justin Durant, DeVonte Holloman, Darrion Weems, Andre Smith and Everett Dawkins. There is some good news for the Cowboys on the New York Giants' front: Hakeem Nicks is inactive.

Ernie Sims will start for Lee and Kyle Wilber will start for Durant at strongside linebacker.

Wilber moved to linebacker during the bye week from defensive end. He was an outside linebacker when the Cowboys ran a 3-4 last year.

Morris Claiborne will return to the lineup after missing two games. He is listed as the starter on the flip card, but Orlando Scandrick should start with Claiborne coming in on the nickel package.

J.J. Wilcox will return to the lineup but the Cowboys will use a rotation at the spot like they did against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jeff Heath worked with the first team during the week and the Cowboys could break out a three-safety look for their sub package with Barry Church moving closer to the line of scrimmage.

Nicks has an abdominal strain. He has yet to score a touchdown this season but he had five catches for 114 yards against the Cowboys in the season opener.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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