Monday news and notes
DeMarcus Ware
Posted Dec 18, 2011

The Cowboys had their lowest penalty total of the season against the Buccaneers.

They were flagged just two times for 15 yards — one week after committing at least 10 penalties for the third time this year.

"It's always a point of emphasis," coach Jason Garrett said. "We talk about who the officiating crew is every week and what they have a tendency to call. We have officials at practice. We talk about playing with the right technique, penalty-beaters, things we can do technically to avoid penalties without taking our edge off. ...

"But you have to play smarter, and I thought our team did that well in the game (Saturday). I don't think we had any of those penalties where guys were trying too hard to make the play."

* The blowout victory against the Buccaneers allowed the Cowboys to rest linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff for much of the second half. Ware has been bothered by a stinger, and Ratliff is nursing a rib injury. The team will continue to be cautious with them in practice this week leading up to the Eagles game on Saturday.

"We just have to see them, we have to monitor them," Garrett said. "They both were fairly productive with the snaps that they did get, but they're dealing with some injury. They fought through practice last week, they wanted to give it a go in the game (Saturday) night. They did a pretty good job with their opportunities. We've got to get them healthy and get going because we need them.

"You can sacrifice a little bit of the practice rep to make sure they're as healthy as they can be. But having said that, we want to get them back out on the practice field as early as we can, and I know they want to be back out there as early as they can. But it's a balancing act, like it is with a lot of injuries."

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