After straining his quadriceps in last week’s game against the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys All-Pro defensive end, DeMarcus Ware, was expected to be out 3-4 weeks. After making progress leading up to today’s matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles, Ware made himself a game-time decision. Despite making the trip with the team, it now appears Ware will miss his first game in his nine year career. This news was reported first this morning by ESPN reporter Suzy Kolber.
After making an initial splash, Ware has struggled at defensive end the past three games. He admitted that the position was more physically demanding then outside linebacker, the position he dominated at for the last eight seasons. Ware has struggled with minor injuries all season including stingers, back aches, and cramping.
Ware’s numbers have also been struggling. After recording four sacks and an interception in the first three games this season, Ware has just 11 total tackles in the last three. Despite this, Pro Football Focus calls Ware the second best 4-3 defensive end in the league, trailing only St. Louis’ Robert Quinn. So regardless of the numbers, Ware leaves a major impact on the field. And his absence today against the Eagles will be felt.
Ware was unable to practice all week leading to today’s scratch. If he can practice at all this upcoming week, you have to like his chances of returning in Week Eight against the Detroit Lions.
Also listed as inactive for today’s game are running backs’ Lance Dunbar and DeMarco Murray, rookie linebacker DeVonte Holloman and offensive lineman David Arkin and Darrion Weems.