Cowboys' defense makes pieces fit

Coordinator Rob Ryan works new faces into mix, sees results from makeshift unit

Updated: December 17, 2012, 3:45 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- From an emotional standpoint the soul of the Dallas Cowboys -- the defense -- somehow continues to carry this team.

Jay Ratliff is sitting at home recovering from sports hernia surgery. Sean Lee is walking around with a boot on his foot. Bruce Carter is wearing an elbow brace. Orlando Scandrick has a small cast on his hand.

In their places are players such as Dan Connor, Brady Poppinga, Alex Albright, Michael Coe, Eric Frampton, Sterling Moore, Sean Lissemore, ...

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