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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Defensive snaps: Jay Ratliff back in the swing of things

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

IRVING - A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, while analyzing what it means:

Gerald Sensabaugh: 51 of 51
Sean Lee: 51 of 51
Bruce Carter: 51 of 51
Danny McCray: 50 of 51
DeMarcus Ware: 47 of 51
Brandon Carr: 46 of 51
Jason Hatcher: 39 of 51
Morris Claiborne: 37 of 51
Jay Ratliff: 37 of 51
Victor Butler: 36 of 51
Orlando Scandrick: 31 of 51
Kenyon Coleman: 23 of 51
Tyrone Crawford: 15 of 51
Josh Brent-Price: 13 of 51
Alex Albright: 13 of 51
Dan Connor: 12 of 51
Mike Jenkins: 6 of 51
Kyle Wilber: 2 of 51
Sean Lissemore: 1 of 51

Taylor's Takes: Jay Ratliff played his first game of the season, and the Cowboys certainly didn’t give him a light workload. Jason Hatcher was the only defensive lineman with more snaps, although Baltimore had the ball for only 19 minutes and 51 plays. Still, Ratliff’s presence meant Josh Brent-Price played his fewest snaps of the season. ... With Anthony Spencer out for the second consecutive week with a strained chest muscle, Victor Butler and Alex Albright split the workload. Butler tied for the team lead with five tackles and Albright made a tackle for loss on third down. ... A high ankle sprain limited Sean Lissemore to just one play. His energy will be missed. ... Another shoulder injury limited Mike Jenkins to just a handful plays, when the idea was to rotate him every two series with Morris Claiborne.