LONDON — The Dallas Cowboys are looking for some new weapons for a defense that has been largely defined by its pass rush.
The Dallas Cowboys have “a few things we need at our disposal that we’re looking to test,” coach Jason Garrett said Monday.
The Cowboys are still evaluating some players, like cornerback Byron Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott, but Garrett said the team doesn’t expect to be able to start the season without their weapons.
The Cowboys haven’t had a sack since Week 2 and have allowed the fewest sacks (4.8) in the league since Week 5.
But they’re trying to get their first win in a game in which they’ve won four of five and allowed opponents to score 17 points or more.
They also have to deal with the absence of DeMarcus Lawrence, who is suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
“I don’t think it’s something that you can really put a timeline on,” Garrett said.
“We have to see how it plays out.”
The Cowboys will be without All-Pro safety Byron Jones for at least a month after tearing a pectoral muscle in his right pectora in the preseason opener.
He will likely miss the next six games, but the team believes it can return him by the end of this season.
Jones has been the Cowboys’ leader in sacks and forced fumbles and has missed eight games with a broken collarbone and other injuries.
They were able to replace him with Byron Jones III, who had 20 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack in the regular-season finale against New England.
They’ve used the franchise tag on the linebacker.
Jones missed most of last season after tearing his right ACL and then tearing his left pectra.
He was the only player in the NFL last season with 10.5 sacks and two forced fums.
Jones’ injury is the latest setback for the Cowboys, who have won just one of their last five games.
They’ll be without a starting quarterback, and the Cowboys have to replace starting running back Matt Jones, who’s been held out of practice because of a groin injury.