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Cowboys pumped to get pass rush back to full strength

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The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush will finally be fully operational Sunday against the New York Giants after missing one or more pieces for the first five games of the 2015 season.

Rookie pass rusher Randy Gregory is expected to make his return after missing the past four contests with an ankle injury. The defensive end injured himself in the Cowboys' Week 1 win over the Giants. He earned one quarterback hurry before going down, after flashing playmaking in the preseason -- compiling three sacks in three games.

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The Cowboys were also without Greg Hardy, who was serving a suspension when the Cowboys faced Big Blue in Week 1. Sunday afternoon the pass rushing duo will join Demarcus Lawrence , Tyrone Crawford, et al.

"Four pass-rushers getting after the quarterback? Can't get better than that," Lawrence said, per ESPN.com. "We keep practicing the way we practice, I feel like we're going to be pretty good."

Hardy was dominant in his first game in more than a year, sacking Tom Brady twice and compiling five QB hurries in Week 5. If Gregory returns in full form, the Cowboys will possess a relentless front four rotation.

Eli Manning was walloped last week by the Philadelphia Eagles, getting sacked three times and discombobulated countless more. It's a play the Cowboys hope to reenact Sunday.

"We're kind of setting up our rushes to kind of direct Eli to maybe where we want him to go," Gregory said, "because we know how he likes to step up (into the pocket). Just working the little things like that."

"Eli is an awesome quarterback, so you know he's going to make his adjustments, so he won't get sacked like that," Lawrence added. "The offensive line is going to make their adjustments. They're going to play better against us. We know that already. It's just about us going out and doing what we're supposed to do to get to Eli."

With a banged up offense still limping, the Cowboys need their defensive front to dominate in order to keep pace in the up-for-grabs NFC East.

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