Jerry Jones putting Ware's return as vital

IRVING, Texas -- While the Cowboys are getting some players back from injuries such as J.J. Wilcox, Jason Hatcher and Morris Claiborne, team owner/general manager Jerry Jones is looking at DeMarcus Ware.

The starting defensive end returned against the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago after missing the previous three games with a thigh injury. Without Ware, the Cowboys' pass rush was lacking, and it allowed offenses to double Hatcher, who plays defensive tackle.

The previous three weeks, Ware saw his defense give up 140 rushing yards to Adrian Peterson and 329 receiving yards to Calvin Johnson.

Against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Drew Brees was sacked just once and threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in a dominating performance that saw the offense rack up a NFL-record 40 first downs and 625 total offensive yards. That was with Ware in the lineup.

This week, the Cowboys miss two starting linebackers, Justin Durant and Sean Lee, who leads the team with 93 total tackles. But Ware is expected to play Sunday.

"The most important player on our scheme and on our defense frankly is the guy who gives the pressure and that's DeMarcus Ware," Jones said on KRLD-FM Tuesday morning. "We like to have them all out there but I think DeMarcus can take up some of the slack on the effectiveness of the defense."