Cowboys CB Carr battles through effects of illness

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Brandon Carr said the Washington Redskins and receiver Pierre Garcon made some plays on him, but he is at peace with the way he played because the week away from practice last week allowed him to find himself.

“It’s been a good week, just a week for me to get closer to myself spiritually,” he said. “It’s a good feeling.”

Garcon finished with 11 catches for 144 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets. Carr, who smothered Garcon in the October game in Arlington, was not covering him exclusively Sunday, but he spent most of the day on him before Orlando Scandrick took over late.

“He was having a tough time, but it wasn’t all on B-Carr,” safety Barry Church said. “Sometimes he would play outside leverage, and we would have people in the hook area that weren’t there. It seemed like it was all on him. But he’s a great corner. He battles, and doesn’t complain about not getting a lot of help because he’s one of the top corners out there.”

Carr said he still felt effects from the illness. He said he felt cold, and he wore long sleeves for the first time.

“Today, they made some plays on me,” Carr said. “I was upset about it.

“But at the end of the day, none of that matters because it comes down to the end of the game, when it’s the last drive and you have to stand up and deliver. Because that’s all people remember, is your last performance.”

Scandrick switch

Scandrick said he took it upon himself to take coverage against Garcon for the last “two or three drives” of the game.

He broke up a third-and-6 pass intended for Garcon, giving the Cowboys the ball back for the go-ahead drive.

“I just did it,” Scandrick said of the switch with Carr. “My guy, man, he didn’t practice all week. Anybody who’s watched him play before can tell he was sick and he was hurting. And I mean, once they put Garcon inside, I thought they were going to motion him across and run an under again. But when I saw the final formation, I knew the play.”

Scandrick said it’s not unusual for him and Carr to switch.

“Me and him got a great relationship,” Scandrick said. “There’s some matchups that he’s going to be better at than me. There’s just the style of our games.

And I think that’s why we complement each other real well, because as anything, you have a partner, he’s going to be a little bit better at some things than you. And he’s just picked me up so many times, you know. It’s selflessness between me and him.”

Time change

Next week’s Dallas vs. Philadelphia showdown has been moved from noon to 7:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium, the NFL announced Sunday night.

The league’s flexible schedule format debuted in 2006 to ensure a matchup with playoff implications in Weeks 11-17.

Sunday’s winner will claim the NFC East title and gain a berth into the playoffs.

The Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. Dallas beat Philadelphia 17-3 on Oct. 20.

Lee return possible

Sean Lee hopes to return for the winner-take-all, NFC East game next Sunday. The middle linebacker has missed the past two games with a sprained ligament in his neck.

He said he has made significant improvement since he was injured against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 9, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones offered hope after Sunday’s victory over the Redskins.

“I visited with him before the game,” Jones said. “I just visited with him again here, and it’s certainly possible.”

Wilcox penalty

Rookie J.J. Wilcox said his late hit on Santana Moss in the third quarter, keeping a scoring drive alive for Washington, was an aggressive play, but a foolish play.

“I thought he was still staying up,” Wilcox said. “I don’t want to be the one to let him get up and score. You know, you live and you learn. I’m a rookie.”

Williams plays

After missing two practices last week because of a hamstring injury, Terrance Williams played and caught four passes for 84 yards, including a 51-yard catch off a Tony Romo scramble that got the Cowboys in range for the winning touchdown.

“He was determined to come back from his injury and practice well on Friday and instill some confidence in us,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He made a lot of little plays in the game and certainly made the big play in the end to change the field position.”

Spurlock return

Micheal Spurlock set up the Cowboys’ first touchdown with a 62-yard punt return, the second longest by the team this season.

For Spurlock, who signed with Dallas last week, it was the third-longest return of his career.

“To be sitting at home, putting up a Christmas tree, getting ready for Christmas, spending time with the family and then all of a sudden you get a call? It’s a blessing from God,” he said.

“To go out and do what happened today on your first punt return, to almost get a touchdown, I’m just enjoying it, just trying to fit in with the guys and go out there and help them.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @calexmendez

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