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November 8, 2012

Cowboys need win at Philly

IRVING, Texas — Dallas coach Jason Garrett insists the Cowboys aren’t desperate. Evidence suggests otherwise.

The Cowboys (3-5) have lost four of their past five games heading into Sunday’s matchup at Philadelphia. The Eagles have the same record, so logic suggests the loser won’t have realistic playoff hopes the rest of the season.

“A desperate football team? I wouldn’t say that at all,” Garrett said Wednesday. “You’ve heard me use the word urgent a lot around here. We believe in urgency 365 days out of the year. That’s where we are right now. We have to be urgent in our preparation ... getting ready for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.”

Defensive end Jason Hatcher agreed it’s a game the Cowboys have to win, but like his coach dismissed the term desperate.

“We’ve dug ourselves a hole and we just got to keep fighting,” Hatcher said. “We’ve got the right guys to do it, we just have to go out there and believe and do it, stop talking about it and be the team that we’re supposed to be.”

After the Eagles, the Cowboys play five of their next six games at home. And only one of their remaining eight games, Pittsburgh, is against a team with a winning record.

Dallas is still dealing with some serious injury issues.

Running back DeMarco Murray missed practice again Wednesday because of his sprained foot and could miss his fourth consecutive game. Felix Jones has been hurting, too, bothered by a bruised knee and a shoulder ailment, though he was listed on the team’s practice report as a full participant.

Linebacker Dan Connor, who initially took over for Sean Lee after the leading tackler’s season-ending big toe injury, missed the last game with a neck issue. He was limited in practice Wednesday.

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