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IRVING, Texas - How many people expected this? A month into the season, the Cowboys still haven't found anyone to suitably replace former first-round bust Bobby Carpenter.
By all accounts, starting linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking have performed well on third downs - just as well as Carpenter, who was shipped to St. Louis, subsequently cut and now plays in Miami. But the idea of having Carpenter, and Kevin Burnett before him, as defensive contributors on the nickel subpackage unit was to give those first-teamers a rest.
Wade Phillips admitted Monday he really doesn't want the 29-year-old James and 34-year-old Brooking on the field for every snap, as they did the first two weeks of the season. But other than a handful of plays against Houston on Sunday, with the lead well in hand, that's been the case this year.