Pondering the 46: Beasley will be active

IRVING, Texas -- Even with Miles Austin returning to action, Cole Beasley will be active Sunday against the New York Giants.

Beasley was inactive in two of the first three games with Austin healthy, but the Cowboys need Beasley for their empty package even if his playing time will be reduced.

As we Ponder the 46 this week, the decisions will come down to an extra defensive back (Jakar Hamilton) or an extra running back (Phillip Tanner). With Tanner playing a bigger special-teams role, Hamilton will be inactive this week with the return of J.J. Wilcox from a knee injury.

The defensive line will also look a little different with Jason Hatcher returning, DeMarcus Ware healthier and Kyle Wilber playing some linebacker. I can see Corey Irvin claiming the final defensive line spot over Everett Dawkins considering the way the Giants want to run the ball between the tackles.

Newly added linebacker Orie Lemon will have to be active out of necessity with Sean Lee, Justin Durant and DeVonte Holloman out. The Cowboys only have five healthy linebackers on the team. The hope is that Lemon can play some special-teams snaps.

So the guess at the inactives are: Andre Smith, Darrion Weems, Lee, Durant, Holloman, Hamilton and Dawkins.