NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Barry Church #42 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to tackle Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 10, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  New Orleans won the game 49-17.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Cowboys defense struggled with and without Sean Lee. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – The Dallas Cowboys were beaten and battered heading into Sunday night’s game against the Saints. They left New Orleans in even worse shape.

Miles Austin was inactive with a hamstring injury. Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher couldn’t overcome a neck injury and was inactive.

And the Dallas defense, which surrendered a franchise-high 625 yards and an NFL-record 40 first downs, lost captain Sean Lee to a hamstring injury in the second quarter.

“Well certainly the injuries are a factor. There’s no question about that,” said head coach Jason Garrett with 105.3 The Fan’s New School. “You have to somehow, someway deal with it and figure it out…We weren’t able to get that done.”

Lee had an MRI on Monday morning, and several outlets are reporting he will miss the next 3-4 weeks.

But Garrett is hoping the NFC East leading Cowboys will recover and get healthy with its week 11 bye.

“We have everything we want in front of us. The biggest thing we have to do is refresh, regroup, get some guys healthy, go back to work, and get ready for our next challenge against the Giants.”

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