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Jaylon Smith On Sunday's Tilt vs Giants: It's Not A Meaningless Game For Us

December 27, 2018 - 2:38 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - The Cowboys have nothing to gain by playing their starters in Sunday season-finale against the New York Giants but that isn't going to stop them from doing so. 

Owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan that the ones that won't play "are going to be pretty obvious." Jones said right guard Zack Martin, who's been dealing with a sprained MCL, will not be playing. When pressed about Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) or any other player's chances of playing Sunday, Jones wouldn't get into it. 

"Our experience has been that we've played smart, if you will, in a game that has no standing-implications and I don't think we've played well," Jones said. "Now, we've avoided the injury in the past by playing that way. But I don't know that we've entered the game the last couple playoff opportunities in our best shape."

One player that has no plans of sitting out Sunday is linebacker Jaylon Smith, although he could see a decrease in snaps to stay fresh for the playoffs. 

"It's definitely not a meaningless game for us," Smith said in a one-on-one with 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher. "Going into the playoffs, we want to establish the tone of stopping the run. That's where everything starts. ... being very physical. I don't know (how many snaps I'll play) but I'm going to make sure I'm ready to go."

Added head coach Jason Garrett, insisting that his players who are healthy will play: “Lots of people say it’s a meaningless game. But it’s a meaningful game to us.”

You can hear Sunday's game starting at 9 a.m. on 105.3 The Fan.