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October 22, 2013

Life without Ware, Murray OK for now in Dallas

IRVING, Texas (AP) — George Selvie had the most sacks, and Kyle Wilber had the most snaps for the Dallas defensive line.

Somehow, life in the first game without DeMarcus Ware was just fine for the Cowboys.

A unit dubbed the "no-name group" by Dallas owner Jerry Jones dominated one of the league's best offenses in a 17-3 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Even the offense was adequate with Joseph Randle filling in for running back DeMarco Murray and depth at receiver showing up again with Miles Austin still slowed by hamstring problems.

The Cowboys acknowledge that sustaining things won't be easy if Ware's right quadriceps muscle and Murray's left knee keep the pair out much longer.

But shutting down first-year coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense was cause for Tony Romo to get at least a little excited heading into Sunday's game at Detroit.

"I don't know if that's happened in my career where you're able to just lean on them," Romo said of his defense. "If you're going to do stuff in January you're going to need to lean on them at different times. It happens every year and it's nice to know our defense can do that."

January? The Cowboys have exactly one playoff win since 1997, and the challenge is immense if they keep having to shuttle defensive linemen to the team's Valley Ranch headquarters.

The additions are so frequent, Ware joked last week about the "school bus" that brings new players every week and another bus that takes them to the team hotel in the area before each home game. He's actually not exaggerating much.

Selvie didn't join the team until a few days into training camp when it became clear the Cowboys would be without end Anthony Spencer for a while, which has since turned out to be for the season after two knee surgeries in two months.

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