News: DeMarcus Ware has battled pain for Dallas Cowboys

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    It's been a big season for NFL pass-rushers. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith enter Sunday with 19.5 sacks, just three away from NFL great Michael Strahan's season record.

    The NFL's top pass-rushing foursome of Watt, Smith, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake have combined for 69 sacks. Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware was in the top four last season, but has "just" 11.5 sacks this season. The relative downturn in production points back to a body that's been beaten up over three months.

    Ware told's Ian Rapoport this week that the rash of shoulder and elbow injuries he's had in 2012 are more than he's ever had to deal with in any individual season during his eight-year pro career.

    "I'm feeling ... good enough to play on Sunday. That's good," Ware told Rapoport. "When you look at injuries, the majority of things are mental. You're not there, just playing, doing what you can do, if you can give it 100 percent, that's all you can ask for.
  2. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    He's clearly not 100%...

  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    late to lunch

    he has not been 100% at any time this season
    Probably not even 80% now
  4. Nirvana

    Nirvana Well-Known Member

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    It's obvious he is not 100%, just hope he has enough in the tank to make a big play or two...
  5. Gemini Dolly

    Gemini Dolly Well-Known Member

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    Its noticeable.

    others must step up.
  6. CooterBrown

    CooterBrown Well-Known Member

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    The reason they have won five of their last six is because others have stepped up.
  7. Gemini Dolly

    Gemini Dolly Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Lets keep it rolling.
  8. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    An NFL player is playing hurt.. what a breaking story!
  9. Eskimo

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    The issues with him are becoming more and more common since the injury against Tampa at start of 2009 and then markedly worsened after the play in SD later that year when he was carted off.

    It's sad to say but I think the trajectory is clear - his neck issues are getting worse and worse and this is the last we may have seen of the dominant edge rusher that once was. Hopefully I am wrong but these degenerative issues are one thing for you and I to deal with but a fellow like Ware has to put up with ungodly abuse on a regular basis for about five to six months. In previous years it would act up a bit and then settle down. This year it acted up during TC and then hasn't really settled down all year.

    The FO now needs to start preparing for a future where Ware is an average player. If he is not then great but if we want to be contenders we have to add another high end pass rusher to the front 7. My hopes of letting Spencer go are probably dashed by Ware breaking down earlier than I had expected. Regardless of how he recovers, I don't see him challenging for the sack lead anymore.

    He should definitely be saved for pass rush situations when we need him most late in the game.
  10. CowboysYanksLakers

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    Any who thinks he's healthy is crazy... D-Ware would have at least 15 or 16 sack by now if he were healthy.
  11. Eskimo

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    The problem now is that he has been nicked up since TC. He played nicked up throughout parts of 2010 and 2011. It seems to be getting worse and worse. Unless someone can do something to stabilize the problem (? neck disc) I see him getting more and more injury prone and less and less effective on an accelerated time scale.

    It'll be interesting to see what happens in the offseason.
  12. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    yeah neck issues are nothing to low ball. Dat had to retire very fast when he got several stingers quickly.

    Like back problems neck problems do not heal. I think that we have seen the last of DeWare and an attempt on the record.

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