While bringing lunch to the needy and underserved at the Salvation Army’s annual outreach event yesterday in Dallas, DeMarcus Ware confirmed he will play on Sunday and that his strained quadriceps feel “pretty good.”
This, along with news of Jason Hatcher’s return, bodes well for the Dallas Cowboys’ depleted defensive front, which has been a turnstile since training camp.
Defensive end George Selvie, a preseason superstar turned quality solution in the trenches, expressed delight in his teammates’ return.
“It’s great to have those guys back,” Selvie said. “Last couple of weeks, we haven’t had everybody healthy. So having those guys back, you know, DeMarcus Ware is an All Pro player. So having him back rushing off the edge, having Hatch back in the middle is always a great presence. You know, so having those guys back is going to deliver on our defense.”
Jason Hatcher, Georgie Selvie, and DeMarcus Ware each have seven, six, and five sacks respectively. With eighteen sacks between the two fo them, they have as many or more sacks than five other teams in the NFL, including the New York Giants, who only have fourteen total sacks on the season.
Even practice squad defensive end Caesar Rayford is encouraged with Ware and Hatcher’s return Sunday, saying the Giants will “have their hands full.”
“You got two one-of-the-bests right now,” said Rayford “You can’t complain. Our defense, that’s going to help out a lot. And it’s definitely going to take the focus off of focusing on just one guy. Now, they’re like, ‘Hey, they’re two guys out there now.’ So, it’s going to be good for the defense because those two guys, they’re going to bring it every play. You know, the Giants are definitely going to have their hands full.”
DeMarcus Ware is glad the bye week came, for his tweaked quad in the New Orleans game would have sat him out this past week, if the Cowboys had to play this past Sunday.
Now, the Cowboys’ all-time sack leader is back, and ready to shoulder the load to victory.
“I’m always trying to carry this defense,” Ware said. “But the thing is it’s not just one person carrying this defense. We got Hatch back. We got Hayden back. Claiborne, he might be back. So it’s getting guys back that is going to be that conglomerate of guys that’s going to carry us to where we need to be.
Ware laments star linebacker Sean Lee missing indefinite time, but subscribes to the “next man up” philosophy.
“You have eleven guys out there,” Ware explained. “I mean, Sean Lee was number eleven. You got ten. You replace that eleventh guy and ten of them keep pushing that eleventh guy to get where we need to be. So, Sean Lee is not out there. Like I said, it’s not just Sean Lee playing, it’s going to take all those eleven guys at that game.”
Sunday is a “big game,” according to DeMarcus Ware. The Dallas Cowboys will need big performances from their returning stars to defeat the New York Giants.