Cowboys owner Jerry Jones remains a fan of his defense because it’s still healthy at two key areas – cornerback and pass-rusher.
“I think that we have in place the core of the defense and are playing with it right now,” he said after Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints. “We’ve got what everybody wants, and that is our corners are healthy and our pressure players are healthy. I don’t know of a team in the league that isn’t filling in. I’m just glad we’re not filling in there.”
Actually, the Cowboys are not completely healthy at “pressure player.”
Linebacker DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys’ leading sack-producer, left the game in the third quarter with a right shoulder strain. He is already battling a dislocated elbow.
But cornerback Morris Claiborne came back after missing last week’s game with a concussion and said he felt great. There was evidence of that – the rookie had 10 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
“We missed DeMarcus out there for some time today, but we’re pretty sound, and that big emphasis is on being sound and having talent,” Jones said. “So I expect our defense to play.”
-- Carlos Mendez