After a blistering start to the season, Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware’s production had fallen off a bit as his body seemed to be breaking down. Now, a quadricep injury will keep the All-Pro defensive end off-the-field for 3-4 weeks. This according to ESPN NFL Analyst Adam Schefter on Monday afternoon.
Ware strained his right quad muscle in the first half of Sunday night’s win over the Washington Redskins. After heading off to the locker room to be examined, Ware returned to the sidelines in street clothes for the second half of the game. He was schedule for an MRI on Monday.
The 31-year old veteran has struggled on-the-field as of late. After recording four sacks and an interception in the first three games of this season, Ware has had difficulty putting pressure on the quarterback ever since. Last week, Ware admitted that playing the defensive end position was more physically demanding than outside linebacker. And the veteran has had to deal with various minor injuries like stingers, back issues and cramping in the last couple weeks.
The Cowboys have four games scheduled before their bye-week in Week 11. It may be wise for the Cowboys to simply shut Ware down until then. Although I’m sure Dallas wouldn’t mind having him to play against the 5-1 New Orleans Saints in Week Ten.
The seven-time Pro Bowler and Cowboys franchise sack leader will now be replaced by second-year defensive end Kyle Wilber. Also a converted linebacker, the fourth round pick out of Wake Forest had a critical sack and forced fumble against quarterback Robert Griffin and the Washington Redskins on Sunday night. I’d also expect Dallas to add a defensive end to their active roster sometime this week to address to lack of depth along the defensive line.