Pondering the 46: Easy pickings this week

IRVING, Texas -- The short week and the unwillingness to put starting players at risk of re-injuring hamstring strains makes predicting the Dallas Cowboys’ inactives today against the Oakland Raiders a little easier.

As we Ponder the 46, the Cowboys have already ruled out Sean Lee, Justin Durant, Morris Claiborne, Dwayne Harris and DeVonte Holloman.

The Cowboys want to make sure they are all ready for a stretch run of four straight games against NFC opponents, including what will be two critical NFC East games in the final two weeks of the season.

So that leaves tackle Darrion Weems as the sixth inactive and safety Jakar Hamilton as the likely seventh.

Cornerback Sterling Moore signed with the Cowboys on Monday and will be active with Claiborne out. If B.W. Webb struggles, then Moore could get more playing time than expected. He had one day of work before playing last year when he signed with the Cowboys. This time he will have three days, so that would help.

Defensive end Martez Wilson should be active after joining the team on Tuesday. The Cowboys need pass-rush help and hope Wilson can bring some energy to the front line against his former team.