Cowboys need ‘all hands on deck’ to stop Bears’ Devin Hester

IRVING – With Bears’ ace returner Devin Hester coming to town, one of the burning questions facing the Cowboys this week is whether they will use Danny McCray on special teams if he is called on to start at strong safety.

McCray’s special teams’ involvement was limited in the second half of Sunday’s 16-10 win over Tampa Bay after fellow safety Barry Church suffered a season-ending injury. McCray and Church had been sharing snaps at strong safety, while cornerback Brandon Carr got most of the snaps at free safety with Gerald Sensabaugh out with a calf injury.

Sensabaugh’s status for the Monday night game against Chicago is uncertain. The Cowboys reportedly are eying five free agent safeties, a sign that Sensabaugh could miss another game.

“We certainly want him on special teams,” coach Jason Garrett said of McCray, who led the team in special teams tackles last season. “He’s probably our best special teams player and has been for the last couple years. Devin Hester is a big-time returner. Everybody knows that. He might go down as one of the greats ever in this league. So, it’ll be a real challenge for us. We’ll need all hands on deck. I don’t know how much that affects Danny to play on defense. We need him on defense, too. They’ve got some weapons on their offensive side of the ball. We’ll address that as the week goes on. We’ve got to make sure we control Hester the best we can.”

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