Defensive snaps: Safety Danny McCray benched

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 95 of 95

CB Brandon Carr: 95 of 95

OLB Anthony Spencer: 94 of 95

CB Morris Claiborne: 93 of 95

DE Jason Hatcher: 72 of 95

ILB Dan Connor: 65 of 95

OLB DeMarcus Ware: 59 of 95

DE Marcus Spears: 56 of 95

S Eric Frampton: 51 of 95

DL Sean Lissemore: 47 of 95

CB Charlie Peprah: 44 of 95

ILB Alex Albright: 43 of 95

CB Mike Jenkins: 42 of 95

DE Tyrone Crawford: 41 of 95

OLB Victor Butler: 40 of 95

CB Sterling Moore: 28 of 95

LB Brady Poppinga: 25 of 95

DE Brian Schaefering: 19 of 95

LB Ernie Sims: 19 of 95

CB Michael Coe: 16 of 95

S Danny McCray: 1 of 95

Taylor's Takes: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan benched Danny McCray, who has struggled for several weeks, and Eric Frampton replaced him in the starting lineup. McCray, fighting through several injuries, played primarily on special teams, which is what he does best. ... Dan Connor did yeoman work at inside linebacker and recorded a season-high 12 tackles. ... DeMarcus Ware, playing with a shoulder strain and a hyperextended elbow, missed a chunk of the second half after aggravating the injury. Victor Butler played more snaps than he had in any game since Week 4 against Chicago.