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The only thing Brooking doesn’t like about the kid is that he’s taking away his job.

Brooking estimated that he played about 25 snaps Sunday, the fewest he could remember in a game when he was healthy. His only action came in relief of James.

“(Lee) deserves his chance. He’s proved that he can do it,” Brooking said. “I accept my role regardless. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be out on the field more. … Regardless of who’s out there, it’s a luxury that we have the three inside linebackers we have right now in that rotation. Regardless of who’s out there, we feel pretty darn good about what’s going to take place.”

Brooking will keep working as if he’s the starter, and Lee plans to keep watching the veteran, asking questions and learning all he can from him.

“His approach to the game, his demeanor, the way he practices every day, how he plays things, how he sees things _ he really is a true linebacker in every facet,” Lee said. “He’s the pinnacle of what I want to be.”

Again, that’s more of what Garrett loves to see and hear.

“He has tremendous intensity in everything he does,” Garrett said. “You watch him in a meeting, you watch him in a walkthrough, you watch him on the practice field, you watch him playing the game _ there is one way to go about it. The best players I have been around have that attitude and have that way about them, so we have seen that right from the start.”

Notes: WR Dez Bryant (thigh) didn’t practice for a second straight day, but is expected to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. … CBs Terence Newman and Orlando Scandrick won’t play against the 49ers. Newman (groin) hasn’t practiced since early August, but Garrett had been hopeful he would be cleared this week. The Cowboys need him, too, because Scandrick (ankle) could be out several weeks and Mike Jenkins battled through various injuries last week. … LG Bill Nagy didn’t practice because of a neck problem, making it likely that recently signed veteran Derrick Dockery will start Sunday.