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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Defensive snaps: Newcomer Ernie Sims starting

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, while analyzing what it means:

Gerald Sensabaugh: 67 of 67
Bruce Carter: 67 of 67
Brandon Carr: 66 of 67
Danny McCray: 65 of 67
DeMarcus Ware: 62 of 67
Anthony Spencer: 57 of 67
Morris Claiborne: 55 of 67
Jason Hatcher: 46 of 67
Ernie Sims: 45 of 67
Kenyon Coleman: 33 of 67
Orlando Scandrick: 32 of 67
Josh Brent-Price: 31 of 67
Jay Ratliff: 30 of 67
Mike Jenkins: 28 of 67
Tyrone Crawford: 19 of 67
Victor Butler: 14 of 67
Marcus Spears: 11 of 67
Alex Albright: 5 of 67
Eric Frampton: 4 of 67

Taylor's Take: Ernie Sims, acquired two weeks ago, moved into the starting lineup against the Falcons with Dan Connor out with a strained shoulder and did a solid job. Orie Lemon, who played the second half with Connor out last week, returned to his role as a key special teams contributor. ... Jay Ratliff aggravated his sprained ankle and essentially split time with Josh Brent-Price. ... For the second consecutive game, Bruce Carter did not come off the field on defense. ... Mike Jenkins received extensive playing time for the second consecutive games. The Cowboys want to get their best 11 on the field as much as possible, especially with Sean Lee and Barry Church out for the season.