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Dez & Scandrick Both Active vs. Philadelphia; OT Chaz Green Ruled Out

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys will be as close to full strength as they've been all season when they kick off against Philadelphia on Sunday night.

The team released its Week 8 inactives roughly 90 minutes before kickoff, as usual. For the first time in a month, Tony Romo is the only typical starter who has been ruled out for the game.

Romo is inactive for the seventh-straight game, as he continues his recovery from the broken vertebrae he suffered in late August. Joining him on the inactive list are Lance Dunbar, Darius Jackson, Kavon Frazier, Ryan Davis and Chaz Green.

Two notable names are missing from that list, which should be good news for any Cowboys fan. After practicing all week, both Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick are active for this rivalry tilt against the Eagles. Bryant has been missing from the action since he suffered a hairline fracture in his knee in the Sept. 25 win against Chicago.

Scandrick's absence has been even longer, as he had been coping with a pair of hamstring injuries since the Sept. 18 win against Washington.

Green sat out of two days of practice this week while he recovers from the foot sprain he suffered in Week 4 against the 49ers. This will be his third-straight absence, while the Cowboys turn to midseason acquisition Emmett Cleary to handle their swing tackle responsibilities.

Davis was inactive all week at practice and appeared on the injury report with a hamstring problem. It's unclear what the severity of the injury is. In his absence, Jack Crawford and David Irving should both see an uptick in snaps.

Mark Nzeocha is recovered enough from his preseason Achilles strain that he is no longer listed on the Cowboys' injury report. The second-year linebacker is a healthy scratch with the likes of Bryant and Scandrick returning to the field.

Dunbar returned to practice this week after soreness in his knee held him out of the past two games. The Cowboys didn't want to rush him back into action against Philadelphia, though they are optimistic about his timeline for full recovery.


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