Despite having already locked up a playoff berth, the Cowboys do not plan to rest their starters on Sunday against the Redskins, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday.
"I feel strongly about going all out against the Redskins," Jones said Tuesday on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan, according to the Dallas Morning News. "There’s several reasons, but No. 1, I think there’s a bigger concern about losing your edge than there is ever about some of those other issues that are involved. There will be opportunities enough as the game goes along to see if anybody needs to be resting. But we need that win. We could really need it. It could really make a difference."
Jones also cited running back DeMarco Murray's pursuit of Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise rushing record as motivation to play the starters. Murray needs 29 yards to break the record Smith set in 1995.
The Cowboys have already clinched the NFC East and will not be seeded lower than third in the NFC playoffs. They can clinch a first-round bye with a win and losses by the Seahawks and Cardinals.
- Brad Rowland