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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Gerald Sensabaugh plays

By Tim MacMahon
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys free safety Gerald Sensabaugh played against the Miami Dolphins Thursday night despite a sprained right foot.

Sensabaugh did not practice this week, but was cleared to play after a workout hours before kickoff at Cowboys Stadium.

Running back Felix Jones (ankle) and guard Kyle Kosier (foot) were also active.

The Cowboys played without three starters: Fullback Tony Fiammetta (undetermined illness), wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and cornerback Mike Jenkins (hamstring). Backup quarterback Jon Kitna (back) was also inactive.

Sensabaugh, who wore a protective boot all week after injuring his foot during last week's overtime win over the Washington Redskins, ranks second on the Cowboys with 56 tackles and third with two interceptions.

With Sensabaugh playing, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan can continue to use reserve safety Barry Church as a linebacker in some passing-down packages. Church would have replaced Sensabaugh in the starting lineup.

Dolphins defensive tackle Igor Olshansky, who played the past two seasons in Dallas, missed the game with a calf injury.

Also out for the Dolphins was kicker Dan Carpenter (right groin). Backup offensive lineman Ryan Cook had been listed as questionable with a back issue, but was active for the game.

Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.