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“You’d rather have more time than less,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “There’s no question about that, particularly when you’re facing [Griffin] and the scheme they’re using is a little bit different than you see every week. That is what it is, so we just have to prepare as best we can as quick as we can.”

Physically, players are taking extra measures to get ready. Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was getting an extra massage Tuesday and icing himself.

Defensive end Stephen Bowen, who spent five full seasons with the Cowboys, has his routine.

“Just resting. You can’t really go as hard as you really want to. You’ve got to make sure you are still fresh for the game,” Bowen said. “But do a lot of studying, watch a lot of film, I will get in the cold tub and ice my knees to do the different exercises to make sure my knee is still strong.”

Bodies are sore on both sides. The Cowboys needed overtime to beat the Cleveland Browns 23-20 on Sunday. But that’s a problem that will fade at game time.

“When you walk out there on Thursday, national TV on Thanksgiving,” Alexander said, “everything’s going to be flowing and you’re going to be ready to go.”