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NFL Odds: Dallas getting ready for Thursday game

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 09:39

Cowboys vs. Redskins OddsWithout the left tackle Tyron Smith, the Cowboys began their preparation to face the Washington Redskins in their traditional game Thanksgiving Day. Smith suffered a sprained ankle in last Sunday's win against the Cleveland Browns.

"It is much less serious than initially thought," said owner and general manager of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones. "We do not rule out that can play on Thursday. Badly needed."

Smith joined the list of injured linemen, which also includes Ryan Cook and center Phil Costa.

"These situations happen in the NFL betting," said tight end and team captain, Jason Witten. "Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We have to continue to keep them healthy."

With offensive linemen injured, head coach Jason Garrett acknowledged that will have to rely even more on the elusiveness of quarterback Tony Romo to take off the pressure.

 

"He has great ability to buy time in the pocket," said Garrett. "Just make sure to protect the ball and make the right decisions."

Romo, who has never lost a home game in November, had seven sacks in last Sunday's win against the Cleveland Browns. If Smith is out, Jeremy Parnell will have his first start as a starter.

"He has not had a chance to play much, but he's a very talented guy," Garrett said about the tackle that committed three penalties and who credited two catches on Sunday. "He's a guy that has been prepared since last season. In this league, when someone falls, another must rise. If you must play, you have our full confidence."

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Another problem is the Cowboys offensive the likely absence of tailback DeMarco Murray, who has missed the previous five games with a left foot injury.

The deputy principal of Murray, Felix Jones, also trained on Tuesday on one knee discomfort. Behind them are only rookie Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner.

"Sometimes you have to rely more on our strengths," said Garrett. "It's no secret that we have had to spend much more than we would like the previous seanas".

The Cowboys moved only 63 yards rushing, 320 of the total they got to the Browns. Attack of Dallas is No. 29 among the 32 teams in the NFL in rushing, seventh in pass.

"It's dangerous when you become one-dimensional," said Garrett. "It's much more likely the strategy."

On Tuesday, neither trained defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle), Danny McCray deep (hip), Kevin Ogletree (concussion) and defensive tackle Sean Lissemore, who also has missed the last five games.

"In weeks like this," Witten said. "It is more important mental preparation than physical. You have to be ready to play Thursday, either way."

 
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