Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Miles Austin, Morris Claiborne "Ready To Go"

Tom Pennington

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Miles Austin and Morris Claiborne will play on Sunday, Sean Lee thinks Garrett is an unbelievable motivator, and the Giants can't keep it shut.

Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin ready to go for Sunday - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Miles Austin will return to the Dallas Cowboys' lineup against the Giants (and Martin Solveig provides the appropriate theme song for the occasion).

"Hopefully I can help out," Austin said. "I’m going to try my best every play I’m in there, receiving, blocking, anything I can do. We’ll see how it goes from there."

Claiborne, healthy again, says he accepts his role in nickel situations with Scandrick 'playing great' - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Claiborne says he feels better than he did at the beginning of the year and is ready to play again. He also accepts his role as the third corner, even though Scandrick will likely draw the slot duty against Victor Cruz.

"I accept everything that comes to be for the betterment of the team," Claiborne said. "Scandrick has been playing great this year. Base snaps or nickel snaps, we really think of it as we are both starting corners because we are both in the game the whole game. It’s not much base being played."

Could Sean Lee play on Thanksgiving? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
This is good news. Because every time I read a sentence like "Ernie Sims will replace Lee in the starting lineup," I shudder.

Q+A: The Legend Of Barry Church - TDdaily.com
Steven Goldstein has a very nice interview up with Barry Church in which the Cowboys safety talks about Rob Ryan vs. Monte Kiffin, his Jolly Rancher injury, his secret fear of bees, his contract extension, and more. Well worth your time to read on this Saturday morning.

Sean Lee: Garrett is an unbelievable motivator and coach - DMN
The DMN provides a partial transcript of a Sean Lee Interview with KRLD-FM. An excerpt:

On what Jason Garrett’s biggest strength is as a head coach:

"I think it’s a combination of things. First, he’s an unbelievable motivator. He’s always putting the team in the right perspective, speaking to us, always getting us focused on what we need to be focused on. Second, he’s an unbelievable coach when it comes to football. For me, I have learned so much from football through him and also personally through him. He’s the best I’ve been around. He’s made me a better football player."

Rookie Terrance Williams a changed receiver from opener - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Williams used the bye to hone his craft.

"I finally got a chance to rest and just watch some old tape about how I did for the earlier games," Williams said. "I saw my mistakes from before and now I can just become better for the second half of the season."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes team is leaving offensive creativity on the practice field - David Moore, DMN
Jones said the offense is trying to get better at translating their success in practice to success on the field. David Moore summarizes succinctly:

That’s an indictment more than an endorsement. Jones is saying he likes what the Cowboys are doing in practice but is disappointed that they haven’t carried that over into games. If that doesn’t change it will impact more than the record. It will impact jobs.

According to STATS ... Romo's statistical oddity - Stats.com
Tony gets another entry in the record books, though this one is of a more dubious nature than his usual records:

In Dallas’ five wins this season, Romo has thrown a pedestrian nine TD passes and five interceptions; in the team’s five defeats, his numbers are an eye-popping 12 TD passes and only one interception. Romo’s 109.7 passer rating in losses is the second highest single-season figure for any player, with minimum 100 attempts, dating back to 1960. Only Peyton Manning, with a 114.7 rating for the ’04 Colts, has had a higher such figure.

DeMarco Murray with success against the Giants - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
I briefly thought it was Monday, and I was reading a post-game summary - but it was just Watkins giving a rundown of Murray's track record of success against the Giants.

Owner Jerry Jones gives GM Jerry Jones a vote of confidence - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Jerry Jones confirms he plans to stay on as owner and GM for the next 15 to 20 years, and thus continues a long-standing NFL tradition of having octogenarian owners/GMs running their teams that extends beyond just Al Davis, but also includes the Giants' Wellington Mara, the Steelers' Rooney family, the Bills' Ralph Wilson, and many others.

Titans claim Cowboys DB Micah Pellerin off waivers - News OK
The Cowboys waived Pellerin to make room for Orie Lemon and had hoped to be able to land him on the practice squad, but the Titans claimed him off waivers.

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Giants’ Terrell Thomas vows, "We’re gonna win this game" - ProFootballTalk
Maybe it's low self esteem, maybe it's something in the water in New York; whatever it is, something is making the Giants compulsively mouth off every time they see a micrphone.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo big challenge for Giants - NorthJersey.com
Dallas QB Tony Romo is certainly more of a daunting challenge for the Giants' defense than the one presented by the likes of Josh Freeman, Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor and Scott Tolzien in recent weeks.

‘Completely Different’ Giants Eager for Rematch With Cowboys - NYTimes.com
The Giants believe their season-opening 36-31 loss to the Cowboys has no bearing on tomorrow's game.

Can’t pick on Romo: ‘Boys QB has cut down on turnovers - New York Post
If the Giants are counting on Tony Romo to make one of his patented late-game turnovers Sunday, they’re probably going to be out of luck, Bart Hubbuch writes.

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