Cowboys’ Sean Lee pulls hamstring, will undergo MRI

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Sean Lee had been the “bell cow” of the Cowboys’ defense this season. He entered Sunday’s game having a Pro Bowl season, with 112 tackles and four interceptions in the first nine games.

But the Cowboys had to make do without Lee for most of the night against the Saints as he watched the second half on the sideline in street clothes.

Lee pulled his left hamstring with 13:46 remaining in the second quarter. He left the game, heading for the locker room for X-rays. He did not return, and the Cowboys said after the game he will undergo an MRI on Monday.

“We’re very concerned about it,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “We obviously missed him and will miss him if we don’t have him going forward.”

The Cowboys do have a bye this week before traveling to play the Giants.

Lee, 27, has never played a full season. He missed two games in 2010 with a hamstring strain, one game in 2011 with a dislocated wrist and 10 games last season with a toe injury that required surgery.

The Cowboys began the game without four starters. Receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (stinger), safety J.J. Wilcox (knee) and cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring) were among the team’s inactives.

Hatcher suffered a stinger in the fourth quarter of last week’s game against the Vikings and lost strength in his left arm. He was a game-time decision.

It was the first game Hatcher, the Cowboys’ sack leader, has missed since he missed three games in 2011.

Jarius Wynn, who was signed Oct. 15, started in Hatcher’s spot at under tackle.

The Cowboys’ other inactives were linebacker DeVonte Holloman (neck), tackle Darrion Weems and tight end Andre Smith.

Ware sack

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware returned from a three-game absence and registered a sack in the second quarter. It was only Ware’s fifth sack of the season, his first since Week 3 against the Rams when he had two.

Ware missed the past three games with a quadriceps injury.

He briefly left Sunday’s game after the sack, missing two plays before re-entering.

Kicked again

The Cowboys have to hope they don’t see Drew Brees for a long, long time. They have played Brees and the Saints twice since Dec. 23. In the two games against the Saints, the Cowboys allowed 1,187 total yards with Brees getting 838 passing yards.

The Saints had 562 yards in an overtime victory over the Cowboys in December. They had a team-record 625 on Sunday, which also was the most ever allowed by the Cowboys.

The Cowboys’ record had stood for only two weeks. Detroit had 623 yards against Dallas on Oct. 27.

The Saints set an NFL record for first downs in a game with 40.

The Cowboys have allowed 4,398 yards this season, putting them on pace to allow 7,037 for the season. The NFL record is the 7,042 the Saints allowed last season.

Harris injury

Dwayne Harris, who has won two special teams awards this year, was injured on a kickoff return in the first quarter. He was pushed out of bounds after a 28-yard kickoff return and hit his head on a player’s leg.

He was down for several minutes before getting up and walking to the locker room with trainers. But he returned in the second quarter.

Staff writer Carlos Mendez contributed to this report.


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