Defensive end DeMarcus Ware is ready to return from a quadriceps injury, just in time for the Dallas Cowboys' game Sunday night at New Orleans.
"I think he's ready," owner Jerry Jones said in his weekly radio appearance Tuesday.
Ware has missed the past three games as opposing quarterbacks pile up record numbers against the Cowboys' lackluster defense. Quarterbacks are averaging 305.2 passing yards per game, completing 63.5 percent of their passes with 16 touchdowns.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees had a 104.5 passer rating with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight games this season. At Dallas in 2012, Brees had four touchdown passes and 396 yards on 37-of-53 passing.
The Cowboys also waived-injured defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who missed Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a back injury.
Austin signed with the Cowboys on Oct. 21 and played against the Detroit Lions. He was scratched right before kickoff of last week's game against the Minnesota Vikings after he was unable to finish Friday's practice. Austin had an MRI on Monday.