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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Defensive snaps: Orie Lemon is next man up

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 29-24 loss to the New York Giants, while analyzing what it means:

Gerald Sensabaugh: 60 of 60
Bruce Carter: 60 of 60
Anthony Spencer: 59 of 60
Brandon Carr: 59 of 60
Danny McCray: 57 of 60
Morris Claiborne: 52 of 60
DeMarcus Ware: 48 of 60
Jay Ratliff: 46 of 60
Jason Hatcher: 42 of 60
Orlando Scandrick: 26 of 60
Mike Jenkins: 26 of 60
Kenyon Coleman: 24 of 60
Orie Lemon: 23 of 60
Josh Brent-Price: 14 of 60
Marcus Spears: 14 of 60
Tyrone Crawford: 14 of 60
Victor Butler: 12 of 60
Dan Connor: 10 of 60
Eric Frampton: 4 of 60

In the season’s first six games, Orie Lemon played two snaps on defense because he was the team’s third-string inside linebacker. Well, he participated in a season-high number of snaps against the Giants because Dan Connor suffered a neck strain in the second quarter. Connor started because Sean Lee is out for the season after having toe surgery. Lemon did a solid job and cold find himself starting this week, if Connor’s not healthy. ... A week after playing one play against Carolina, Mike Jenkins had a big role in the defense. The Cowboys used Brandon Carr at safety some, which meant Jenkins replaced him at cornerback in those situations. ... Victor Butler blew an opportunity to prove his value in the two games Anthony Spencer missed, and he’s become a bit player again. ... Bruce Carter, calling the defensive signals with Lee out, was on the field for every play.