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Friday, December 30, 2011
Practice squadders making trip, too

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys will have a fuller flight than normal with the eight-man practice squad making the trip to New Jersey on Saturday for Sunday’s winner-take-all game against the New York Giants.

Punter Chris Jones, wide receiver Teddy Williams, quarterback Chris Greisen, cornerback C.J. Wilson, cornerback Mario Butler, linebacker Orie Lemon, guard Brandon Carter and defensive tackle Robert Calloway will be on the team plane.

“I think it’s for the support,” Butler said. “I think everyone knows what’s on the line. Like Coach Garrett has been saying all this year it takes everyone, not just 53 guys, but 61 guys, the coaching staff, the equipment guys. It takes everyone. It could be a reward, but as long as we’re there to cheer everybody on.”

The practice squad players attend the home games, but once the team normally departs for the road they are on their own and watch the game on television.

Just like the players on the active roster, they will have to wear a jacket and tie.

“Of course,” Butler said. “We haven’t done that since the preseason. I haven’t had it on since church.”