NEW ORLEANS – The Cowboys will get their all-time sacks leader but lose their 2013 sacks leader for Sunday night's game against the Saints.
DeMarcus Ware returns for the first time since Week 6 after missing the last three games with a thigh injury, but Jason Hatcher's stinger will keep the defensive tackle inactive. Hatcher was questionable for the game after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday and practicing only on a limited basis Friday with an injury that severely limited the strength and motion of his left arm.
Hatcher leads the team this season with seven sacks, one more than George Selvie. Ware is third on the team with four sacks, despite playing in just six games.
The other inactives for the Cowboys are wide receiver Miles Austin, cornerback Morris Claiborne, safety J.J. Wilcox, linebacker DeVonte Holloman, tackle Darrion Weems and tight end Andre Smith.
Claiborne (hamstring), Holloman (neck) and Wilcox (knee) were all ruled out Friday after missing practice all week. Austin (hamstring) also missed practice all week and was ruled doubtful.
Drake Nevis will likely take Hatcher's place in the starting lineup next to Nick Hayden, who's also dealt with an injury this week (ribs) that had him missing practice time.