“Well, we’re always trying to get better and we have to get better,’’ Garrett said. “We have to bring some impact players into our defense. But Nick has been such a good player for us as a leader of that defensive line and he’s a really productive player. There’s a lot of the dirty work but he’s one of those guys who makes a lot of hits on the ball, is around the football a lot and simply makes a lot of plays.
"That was an important signing for us.’’
Hayden has started all 16 games with the Cowboys for two consecutive seasons. Over his seven-year career, he has 135 total tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.
Hayden, 29, is entering his eighth season in the NFL, totaling 135 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. He has started all 16 games for two consecutive years for the Cowboys.
Hitchens, McClain and Mincey were listed as questionable, while the remaining players were all considered probable.
Meanwhile, the following players were labeled probable: Outside linebacker
Hitchens has been dealing with a right high ankle sprain, while Crawford suffered an allergic reaction, putting his status in doubt Sunday.
The team had nine players listed as probable for the first-round playoff matchup, and all are active, including quarterback
Dallas is a 6-point favorite at home against Detroit.
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