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Friday, December 30, 2011
Josh Brent excited to be back

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Officially Josh Brent is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants, but the backup nose tackle said he will play.

With the way Brandon Jacobs ran against the Cowboys in the first meeting, having Brent’s bulk (320 pounds) will be a plus.

Brent suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and some kneecap damage while blocking on the field goal unit against Miami on Thanksgiving.

“I pushed it through rehab and I pushed it every day I stepped on the field,” Brent said. “Otherwise you’re not going to know if you’re able to go in the game.”

In Brent’s four-game absence the Cowboys allowed three teams to rush for more than 100 yards (Arizona, the Giants and Philadelphia). The Eagles ran for 239 yards in the first meeting of the year when Brent was inactive.

“I’m just relieved and happy to be able to come back and play this season,” Brent said. “We have an opportunity to do something special, making it to the playoffs and it’s in our hands.”