IRVING - When the Cowboys renew their rivalry with the Washington Redskins on Sunday, they'll do so without fullback Tony Fiammetta, who has been sick all week.
Fiammetta had been playing a key role in blocking for running back DeMarco Murray.
"He is out of this game," said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. "We'll evaluate him after this game early next week and see what his availability will be."
Murray had only six yards rushing the last time Dallas and Washington met in week three, while running back Felix Jones had 115 yards as the Cowboys won 18-16, thanks to six field goals from Dan Bailey.
That was also the game where the Cowboys accused the Redskins of illegally simulating their cadence. Dallas had six fumbles in the game.
"That was just the first home game back then that we had for [offensive lineman Phil] Costa," said Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. "I think we're going to be fine going forward."
It seems every time the Cowboys and Redskins meet, something controversial happens. It has become par for the course.
And if you thing the rivalry has lost some of its luster, guess again.
"My rookie year, I learned [it,]" said Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, smiling. "The Redskins fans cannot stand us and the Cowboys fans cannot stand them. That makes the rivalry ten times better, and we're going to go out and put on a show Sunday."
Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff knows it won't be easy.
"We know what's ahead of us," Ratliff said. "We know it's going to be a physical game. I'm not sure we really like each other too much, but that's all part of it. That's what makes it exciting and we're definitely looking forward to it."
It's old hat to defensive end Marcus Spears, but only because he's seen so many divisional battles in his time in Dallas.
"It's a rivalry within the NFC East division," Spears said. "I don't think it ever dies. It'll be just another classic battle."
Cowboys guard Derrick Dockery spent six seasons with the Redskins.
"The one thing you can count on: Beat Dallas, beat Washington, whatever you've got to do," Dockery said. "You can have a bad season, but if you can win those two games, you know, it'll be good."
And it's been that way for years.