Brooking Ready For Larger Defensive Role

Keith Brooking doesn't understand what the big deal is.

Standing in front of his locker Friday, the 13-year veteran was getting asked numerous questions about the possibility of playing a full game Sunday against the Seahawks, with Sean Lee possibly out with a dislocated wrist.

Brooking, who is expected to start in place of Lee, sounded somewhat offended by the line of questioning if he could hold up for an entire game, something he hasn't been asked to do this year.

"I don't think it's concerning to me at all. I don't know about it being too much or a lot," Brooking said on Friday. "I've played every snap for 13 years. I think I can handle. If I play every snap this game, which is probably unlikely, I'm ready for it."

Brooking and Bradie James will both likely play more with Lee out. Both of them have taken a backseat to Lee, who has been stellar this year, leading the team in tackles, interceptions and fumble recoveries.

Still, head coach Jason Garrett has applauded both veterans for their ability to handle their new roles, and even take on things such as special teams.

"I knew my role before last week when Sean went down," Brooking said. "I was comfortable with that and I've accepted that with everything I've had inside of me. Obviously my role has increased this week with his injury. Hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible. If not, I'm willing to do whatever. I haven't done that this year, but I'm ready for it. I've had success in this league doing it before and I feel pretty comfortable that I can do it right now."

Brooking ranks fourth on the defense with 36 tackles, while James is eighth with 24. Together, their 60 tackles is still 13 behind Lee, who only had one stop last week before leaving the game with the wrist injury.   

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