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DeMarcus Ware returning, but Cowboys still looking short on defensive line

Jason Hatcher AP

Ever since the start of training camp, the Cowboys have had one of those seasons on the defensive line.

Players have gotten hurt in droves, leading the team to lose some for the season and come up with patchwork solutions for the absence of others for shorter periods of time. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware is one of those in the latter group, having missed the last three games with an injured quad that appears to have healed up enough for him to return for this week’s matchup with the Saints.

Since it is one of those seasons, though, Ware’s return may be matched with the loss of others up front. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher has not practiced all week after suffering a stinger against the Vikings and Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Hatcher said he won’t jeopardize the rest of the season just to play in this week’s game. The Cowboys have a bye in Week 11, which would give Hatcher another week to recover before the team’s next game.

Defensive tackle Nick Hayden was held out of practice Thursday with a back injury that limited him on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of the Cowboys being down a pair of defensive linemen against Drew Brees. If they can’t play, there’s a good chance newly signed Everett Dawkins could see action. He would be the 17th defensive lineman to see action for the Cowboys this season.

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8 Responses to “DeMarcus Ware returning, but Cowboys still looking short on defensive line”
  1. nnagi says: Nov 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    The Cowboys have to take a serious look at the conditioning coaches, I know injuries are a part of the game, but they’ve had a staggering amount the last 2 seasons…

  2. ceschatz says: Nov 8, 2013 10:42 AM

    Ouch, they are hurt and it clearly shows on the field. This team is all offense

  3. Mr. C says: Nov 8, 2013 10:50 AM

    Never in his career has Dware had a two game rest in the middle of the season. I expect him to be fired up. Lets recall the last time we played the Saints in primetime, he had a big sack fumble to end the game, which sealed the Cowboys victory! This is very good news for that defensive front.

  4. calicowboysfan86 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:09 AM

    I know injuries happen but it’d be nice if we could get through a season without, you know, half the starters on D going down… I’m tired of hearing “Next man up!”.

  5. veetan says: Nov 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    This just in from New Orleans: Drew Brees and company were last seen salivating heavily at practice.

    Seriously; a beat-up Cowboy Defense, in the Dome, a nationally televised game……

  6. nortonfest says: Nov 8, 2013 12:01 PM

    nnagi,

    If I am not mistaken, the current head trainer is the guy who won 3 super bowls with hem in the 90’s and 3 with New England in the 2000s. If I am right, I doubt he would be the problem. Sometimes it is just bad luck.

  7. sb44champs says: Nov 8, 2013 2:23 PM

    veetan says:
    Nov 8, 2013 11:24 AM
    This just in from New Orleans: Drew Brees and company were last seen salivating heavily at practice.

    Seriously; a beat-up Cowboy Defense, in the Dome, a nationally televised game……
    ===========================
    You forgot to add: …. a beat up Cowboys defense THAT WASN’T EVEN THAT GOOD WHEN HEALTHY, in the Dome, a nationally televised game……
    Brees should have a monster day at the office..

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 8, 2013 3:09 PM

    Dallas keeps finding some pretty good talent in a crunch. Last week newly signed Everett Brown stripped the ball from the QB in a sack.

    Earlier newly signed Jarius Wynn from the Chargers helped knock the Eagles QB out of the game.

    But still maybe they should have just kept DT Lissemore who they let go to the Chargers. He had an INT for a TD last week…

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