Dat missing 3 games due to injury was first time in his career (I think) he has been out, and since his return he has been alternating w/Shanle since coming back. Before everybody jumps on me, I'm a Dat fan and thinks he's great but below comment by Mickey Spagnola in his Friday nite email questionaire left me with some questions: 1. Was Dat beatup simply because even Dat will get injuried some time & will miss games? or 2. Beatup is attributable to playing ILB in 3-4 defense? 3. If he ever becomes starter (or even while alternating) will he incur similar injuries again? Now if Dat's alternating playing time will sustain his career and if he okay with that, it is fine with me (for a while) cause he brings so much to the Cowboys. BUT can Cowboys continue to pay Dat as a starter next year if he is not and what about Burnett's development. Parcells said in PC 2-3 days ago that Burnett will move inside (but no indication whether that will happen this season or next year). So what happens if Dat decides in offseason to retire or asks to be traded to a team playing the 4-3. Anyway, here's Mickey's comment: . Mickey: Nguyen was really beat up before he missed those three games, to the point of contemplating retirement if you had read Brad Sham's column on him. Plus, Scott Shanle has played well, and in Bill Parcells' scheme of things, he wants to play as many players as possible. Sounds as if this rotation with Dat and Shanle will continue, unless one guy plays much better than the other.