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Cowboys @ Raiders: Game Day News & Notes

We're counting down the hours until the second preseason for the Cowboys. What are some of the storylines to look at?

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The starters will be back for this game, but the down-roster guys will still get the majority of the playing time. We'll be watching those position battles again. The mothership put together a list of guys to watch, but everybody will be watching to see if one guy can repeat his HoF performance.

George Selvie, DE: Well someone has to say it. We probably all will be watching this guy to see if he can duplicate that stellar showing last week. And that’s really what the NFL is all about. Everyone can have a moment in the sun. But can you do it again? Another game like last Sunday for Selvie and he could easily be a guy that now fits into the rotation, perhaps even ahead of Kyle Wilber.

Selvie needs to prove it again, but according to Bryan Broaddus, he wasn't proving it a day ago in practice.

On if George Selvie will have a breakout season: "He got his ass kicked by Doug Free yesterday pretty good. I think the thing with George Selvie is he played on the left defensive end yesterday, and it didn’t look like it went very well for him. When he was getting all his rushes, he was playing the right defensive end, the open side defensive end. Doug Free went after him pretty good yesterday. Only when George Selvie moved inside, they ran a double eagle or a bear front where they cover both guards and the center, and it was only then that one time that George Selvie got some pressure on the guard. But I thought overall, Doug Free did a nice job of playing run and pass against him. To me, George Selvie is one of those guys who shows up in practice. Again, he was playing the opposite side that he normally plays. I would say let’s get through these four games. If he is a guy that can be a rotational player, that can help them in that regard and he can make the 53-man roster then the pro guys did their job here."

Well maybe that says something about the kind of camp Doug Free is having. We're all hoping and praying that Free returns to form and helps to stabilize the offensive line. Free is another guy who fans will be watching closely.

Last week's running back parade was fun to watch, but can they duplicate it again. Rookie Joesph Randle is working at it.

"This is the next step," Randle said. "I'm just trying to establish myself as a hard-working guy and earn the respect of my teammates, all the things new people try to do. You earn respect from your teammates by what they see you doing and they see you working hard in practice, all the things that really matter in order for me to stay on the team. I have to be in order to do my part."

We'll finally get to see the starters, meaning Sean Lee for the first time since his season-ending injury last year. What a welcome sight. As usual, Lee is ready to go full bore.

"We’ve got to play with a certain amount of effort and find a way to get to every football," middle linebacker Sean Lee said. "We want to be around the football nonstop. It’ll be a good test for us from a conditioning standpoint."

And finally, Brandon Carr will play tonight after missing a few practices to see his first son born. He didn't quite make it to the delivery room, but he still saw the birth.

Carr flew to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to be with her but couldn't get back in time, so he dialed up his iPhone. "I saw everything I needed to see," Carr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I saw it all. Technology is wonderful these days. Sometimes you can't control what's going to happen. You've just got to go with the flow. I made the most of it."

Indeed. Congrats Brandon.

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