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October 9, 2012

Getting back to business

IRVING, Texas — When the Dallas Cowboys returned to work Monday following their bye week, they had the same number of losses as the two teams ahead of them in the NFC East.

More important than the standings was how the Cowboys (2-2) felt about themselves after an extended break.

“We had a week to recoup, refresh, regroup,” cornerback Brandon Carr said after their first practice in five days. “I felt like we were refreshed, guys had a sense of urgency. We just erased the last four weeks out of our memory. ... Guys are just eager to get out there and to have fun, just get out there and mix it up a little bit.”

Asked about the New York Giants and Philadelphia both being 3-2, only a half-game ahead of Dallas, Carr said he didn’t even know the records of the other teams in the division.

The Cowboys have enough to think about with their upcoming stretch of four of five games on the road. The first is Sunday at AFC North-leading Baltimore (4-1).

“You know they’re going to be physical. They play that way. That’s their style,” defensive lineman Marcus Spears said. “Obviously they’ve been playing great ball for a while. But we’ve got to go up there and handle our business. It’s not about them, it’s about us.”

After the Ravens, the Cowboys are at Carolina before their only home game in a six-week stretch, against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants.

Dallas beat New York on the road in the season opener in its only division game so far.

Then the Cowboys travel to Atlanta (5-0) and Philadelphia.

Two starters in the middle could be back after the bye week. Center Phil Costa and Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff both practiced Monday.

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