Brent's Return Would Boost D-Line Rotation

IRVING, Texas --The Cowboys' defensive line rotation will get a boost Sunday if second-year nose tackle Josh Brent returns from a four-game absence* *due to an MCL injury and patella subluxation in his knee.

Brent said he felt good after limited participation in Wednesday's practice, his first work since Thanksgiving week.

"Feel 100 percent, no limitations," said Brent, who is wearing a protective brace. "I probably went harder in practice today than I normally do."

Brent (6-2, 320) is a powerful complement to Pro Bowler Jay Ratliff, who has been playing with a ribs injury. Second-year lineman Sean Lissemore also has played well in Brent's absence.

"Josh has had a good year for us in the opportunities he's gotten," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He's a bigger guy, he's a stronger guy holding the point inside. He's done a good job in that role. But when guys get hurt the next guy's got to step in there. One of the things Lissemore has been able to do for us is play a lot of different spots on the defensive line."

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