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Ramsey Gets Work; Brunell Better

Mark Brunell watched most of Thursday's practice from the sidelines, as Patrick Ramsey continued to take the bulk of reps in preparation for Monday night's game against Dallas.

"Mark feels a lot better," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "We will just continue to monitor him. Patrick took most of the work."

Brunell, officially listed as questionable, is nursing a hamstring injury suffered during last week's 20-14 loss to the New York Giants. He was replaced by Ramsey in the second half.

Brunell said Thursday he remains hopeful of playing against the Cowboys on Monday night.

"I'm shooting for it," he said. "I really want to be a part of that game."

Not playing Sunday and getting that extra day's rest could help, he added.

"Each day it's getting stronger," he said. "The pain is going away. My flexibility is improving. I've been real pleased each day as it's gotten better and better."

Ramsey said he was continuing to prepare this week as if he would be starting Monday's game.

"If Mark's ready to go, then I'll back up," he said.

At Right Tackle

Assistant head coach-offense Joe Bugel said no decision has been made yet as to whether Ray Brown or Kenyatta Jones will start against Dallas.

"We'll make that decision later on," Bugel said. "I'm going to rotate them around in there. The guy who does the best this week in practice will start. That's really the bottom line."

Jones, who moved into the starting lineup when Jon Jansen suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in preseason, started the season opener against Tampa Bay. Brown started the Week 2 contest at New York.

More from Bugel

Asked what was so difficult about playing Bill Parcells-coached teams in the 1980s, Bugel summed it up in six words: "Lawrence Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Lawrence Taylor."

Added Bugel: "Great players give you trouble. They were a very well-coached football team and they had great players. Knowing that, every time we played them, we knew what kind of battle it would be. It was always tough. We knew that every Monday afternoon we'd be in the whirlpool."

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