The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t do anything on defense to stop the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. They did struggle in part because of their injury depleted defense. They lost linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant mid-game and entered the game without safety J.J. Wilcox and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher.
“I mean when you have, what, five guys or six of the starters out, the best way to fix it is to get the guys back,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said, via ESPN Dallas. “Sometimes we have guys in there that sort of don’t know what they’re doing because it’s probably the first time they’ve been playing in a long time. When you have a team that doesn’t make mistakes and sort of expose you that with those guys that are in the game, that’s what [New Orleans] did. You’ve got to get the guys back that know what’s going on and during the bye week use that to make a big push.”
Head coach Jason Garrett isn’t making any excuses.
“We don’t make any excuses for anybody,” Garrett said, via ESPN Dallas. “We certainly understand that we have a lot of different guys playing on defense. We get that. We bring those guys in, we teach them quickly and they play in the game. That’s been a situation we’ve had all through the year, but teams that absorb the injuries the best are the ones playing at the end.