Cowboys say hello to new faces

IRVING, Texas – With Jay Ratliff all but done for the season because of sports hernia surgery, the Cowboys have lost 12 players to injury, the most since 2005.

If you add Josh Brent, who was placed on the non-football injury list and is done for the season, to the list, it’s the most players they have lost in a year since 14 players ended the 1999 season on injured reserve or the non-football injurt list.

Since Nov. 26 the Cowboys have signed six players -- Brian Schaefering, Robert Callaway, Darrion Weems, Sterling Moore, Anthony Armstrong and Brady Poppinga –- to the 53-man roster. This week they changed out half the practice squad, signing four new players.

“I’ve never been a part of a season or a team that’s had so many guys lost for extended periods of time,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “We were joking earlier this week (that) we needed name tags out at practice, just because new guys keep coming in. That’s part of what happens in the National Football League sometimes. This is definitely the most our team has been exposed to that since I’ve been here. With that battle, guys have had to step up all year.”

Of the 13 players out for the year, nine were expected to be significant contributors: Ratliff, Brent, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Kenyon Coleman, Orlando Scandrick, Barry Church, Phil Costa and Chris Jones.