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August 17, 2013

Mathieu, Selvie to start as Cowboys visit Cards

OXNARD, Calif. — In his preseason debut, George Selvie played as if he was an answer for the injury problems the Dallas Cowboys have had at defensive end.

In his second game, the fourth-year player looked more like someone who was out of a job when training camp started.

Selvie gets another preseason start today at Arizona in what he figures might be his last good chance to make it in the NFL.

Tyrann Mathieu has been a camp sensation in his first shot with the Cardinals. The former LSU star will start at safety in place of the injured Rashad Johnson. The rookie sat out last season after the Tigers kicked him off the team over failed drug tests.

Mathieu had a 12-yard sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defended, two special teams tackles and a 24-yard punt return in his NFL debut last week, a 17-0 preseason victory at Green Bay.

Selvie wasn’t quite that dominant a week earlier in the Hall of Fame game, a 24-20 Dallas victory against Miami.

But he had two sacks, made a great read on a bootleg to disrupt a play and forced Matt Moore to throw early when DeVonte Holloman returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown.

“He looks like he has played in this league before,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He had a really good performance. But he’s got to come back again and keep doing what he was doing.”

That was a little more difficult when Selvie ended up running with the first team and faced starters five days later at Oakland. He didn’t record a tackle — although he didn’t get as many plays because of his move up the depth chart.

The Cowboys signed Selvie three days into camp after backup Tyrone Crawford tore an Achilles tendon in the first full practice and Anthony Spencer, the starter at left end in the new four-man front, was forced to miss the rest of camp for arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

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