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Armstrong, who grew up in the Dallas area, watched Texas’ ninth-inning rally from his home on Thursday night.

“I was just clapping it up,” he said. “I kept it calm because I knew it wasn’t a Series winner. The Cardinals are still a good team.”

Armstrong has never played baseball, but it was clear to him where things went wrong for St. Louis in the ninth inning — first baseman Albert Pujols’ failure to cut off a throw home.

“You’ve just got to catch it,” Armstrong said with a smile. “It hit his glove.”

NT Cofield excelling at ‘pass-blocking’

Nose tackle Barry Cofield has batted down five passes this season. He’s tied with New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork for the lead among all NFL defensive linemen.

His biggest breakup of the season forced a turnover in last Sunday’s game against Philadelphia. He pushed the pocket, and Michael Vick’s throw hit him in the helmet. The ball ricocheted into the air, and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe caught it.

“I think it’s kind of a knack,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “He’s always in front of the quarterback. He gets his hands up, and he’s not leaving his feet.

“I think it’s a great quality to have because one, from the nose, you’re never going to get a great sack total, but if you can stay in front of the quarterback and disrupt the throws and be in his face, that’s something that we didn’t have last year.”

Atogwe, Stallworth questionable; Westbrook out

Atogwe (knee) could miss Sunday’s game against Carolina after sitting out practice all week.

“It’s just something that we’re watching,” he said. Reed Doughty would likely start in his place.

Cornerback Byron Westbrook was ruled out. He strained his hamstring while covering a punt during Wednesday’s practice.

“It was a freak accident, but I’m working to get better,” he said. “I shall be back.”

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe) fully participated in practice. So did Phillip Buchanon (neck/knee), receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring) and running back Tim Hightower (left shoulder).

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