Notebook: Cornerbacks get coach's support Parcells isn't ready to give up on young players in secondary By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News IRVING – The Cowboys aren't interested in trading for disgruntled Green Bay cornerback Mike McKenzie. Or signing any veteran free agent cornerback who's currently unemployed. For now, coach Bill Parcells said he's focused on the young guys. That means he's committed to using a combination of Pete Hunter, Bruce Thornton, Jacques Reeves and Nate Jones at right cornerback and in the slot. "I'm going to try to take them through the year and see where we are because they're young players," Parcells said. "I don't want to give up on what I think is some reasonable ability." Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper passed for 242 yards and five touchdowns as Minnesota beat Dallas, 35-17, on Sunday. Hunter allowed two touchdown passes, as did Terence Newman. Parcells said he hopes Thornton, Reeves and Jones will improve quicker with playing time rather than sitting behind a veteran. "Now that Reeves kid didn't play too bad yesterday," Parcells said. "No one happened to notice that. He didn't play great, but he was in there 17 or 18 plays on the nickel and did a reasonably decent job, and so that was a maybe a little bit ... some slight progress there." When the Vikings used formations with three receivers, Hunter moved to the slot and Reeves took his spot at right cornerback. Parcells said Jones was on the active roster instead of Thornton, a fourth-round pick, because Jones has been better in the slot. Offensive line banged up: Injuries to right guard Andre Gurode (knee) and Tyson Walter (knee) have left the Cowboys' offensive line in disarray. Coach Bill Parcells said he wouldn't be sure how to compensate for the injuries until he knows their severity. If Gurode can't play, as expected, the Cowboys would probably move Walter into his spot. If Walter can't play, then Matt Lehr would probably replace him in the lineup. Dallas will also try to expedite the learning curve for Bill Noll , a lineman claimed off waivers from St. Louis last week. "He's a smart kid," Parcells said. "I would think he would know the plays by the end of the week." Help at defensive tackle: Defensive tackle Chris Cooper, acquired Saturday from Oakland for a conditional draft choice, will play nose guard in the Cowboys' scheme. He had 49 tackles and 2 ½ sacks for the Raiders last season. The Cowboys hope Cooper can help their interior run defense and create a push in the middle of the pocket on passing situations. He will join a rotation of Leonardo Carson, Chad Eaton and Daleroy Stewart. Briefly: Owner Jerry Jones will be in New York the next two days for NFL committee meetings. ... About 600 tickets – mostly pairs and singles – remain available for Sunday's game against Cleveland at Texas Stadium. ... RB Richie Anderson had an MRI on his right knee Monday, but doesn't think the injury would keep him out of Sunday's game. ... DT Leonardo Carson has served his one-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy and is expected to play Sunday.