Faced with the task of chasing the Eagles' Michael Vick on Sunday night, the Cowboys have inactivated their slowest defensive lineman, nose tackle Josh Brent.
The 6-2, 320-pound second-year former supplemental draft pick had suited out for every game this season and last season. Also missing the first appearance of his career is undrafted rookie offensive lineman Kevin Kowalski.
Among the Cowboys' other inactives are quarterback Stephen McGee, guard David Arkin, guard Daniel Loper and defensive end Clifton Geathers. Running back Felix Jones, who has a high ankle sprain, did not make the trip.
Active for the first time since Week 2 is guard Derrick Dockery, who presumably would come into the game at right guard in the event of an injury to center Phil Costa, with veteran guard Kyle Kosier sliding to center. Kosier said this week he is ready to deliver snaps if asked, and the Cowboys are considering making the lineup switch in the near future.
Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher (calf) returns to action this week as well, and second-round linebacker Bruce Carter will make his Cowboys debut after starting the season on the Non-Football Injury list.
After the Cowboys released Tashard Choice on Saturday, the team only has two running backs suited out.
Inactive for the Eagles are running back Dion Lewis, cornerback Curtis Marsh, safety Jarrad Page, linebacker Keenan Clayton, offensive linemen Julian Vandervelde and Winston Justice, and defensive end Phillip Hunt.