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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sources: Cowboys could rest players

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If the New York Giants beat the New York Jets on Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys would not be able to win the NFC East, and sources told ESPN the team will consider holding out several injured starters, including DeMarcus Ware.

The other players who could be sidelined are running back Felix Jones and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, who were both limited in practice throughout the week and listed as questionable, as well as cornerback Mike Jenkins and wide receiver Laurent Robinson.

If the Giants lose to the Jets, the Cowboys can win the division with a victory over the Eagles. But if the Giants win, the Cowboys can accomplish almost nothing Saturday and might prefer to do what they can to get Ware, Jones and Ratliff healthy for what would be a winner-take-all season finale for the Cowboys at the Giants.