Originally posted on Dallas Cowboys And The NFL  |  Last updated 12/18/11
TAMPA, Fla. – With an eye toward the stretch run, two Pro Bowl defenders didn’t play for the Cowboys in the second half of the their 31-15 win over the Buccanners on Saturday night. Leading 28-0 entering the second half, Dallas decided to keep outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff out of harm’s way because both were nursing injuries entering the game. Ware has been dealing with a stinger since the Cowboys lost at Arizona on Dec. 4 and was questionable going into the Tampa Bay game. He told ESPNDallas.com that he aggravated the injury early in the first quarter. Still, he managed to record his team-best 16th sack. Ratliff has a strained rib cage from last week’s loss to the New York Giants. “They were both banged up,” Jason Garrett said. “You know we had them ready if they needed to play. And it was an opportunity for the younger guys to get in there and play, and I thought they handled themselves well. They got a lot of good work in.” Dallas hosts Philadelphia...
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