It's been a heck of a year for Dallas Cowboys legend DeMarcus Ware.
In September, Ware was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after he was snubbed in 2022. It's egregious that Ware wasn't voted into Canton in his first year of eligibility. He's ninth in NFL history with 138.5 sacks, won a Super Bowl, was a four-time first-team All-Pro, was selected to nine Pro Bowls and is a member of the NFL's 200s All-Decade Team.
Most of Ware's career accomplishments came in a Dallas uniform. He's the franchise's all-time leader with 117.5 sacks and Jerry Jones announced before the season that Ware will be inducted into Dallas' acclaimed Ring of Honor this year.
Fans have been itching to learn of Ware's induction date. That wait is over, as Ware will be inducted during halftime of Sunday's game against the LA Rams at AT&T Stadium, the team announced Wednesday.
Cowboys News: DeMarcus Ware into the Ring of Honor, Dallas coach returns, Trevon Diggs
Ware will become the 20th Cowboys player to be included in the Ring and the first to be inducted since Darren Woodson was honored in 2015. It figures to be an emotional ceremony, and you have to think whatever remaining tickets for the game will be purchased in short order in light of this announcement.
In other Cowboys news, Mike McCarthy announced the return of RBs coach and run game coordinator Jeff Blasko, who had been away from the team for the first seven weeks because of a personal medical leave of absence.
Blasko took over for former RBs coach Skip Peete, who was one of several Cowboys assistants whose contracts weren't renewed in the offseason.
The Cowboys rushing attack has struggled in Blasko's absence. Tony Pollard is averaging a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry. As a team, Dallas ranks 17th in the league with 718 rushing yards and 21st with 4.0 yards per attempt. They're also middle of the pack in gains of 20+ and 40+ yards and rushing first downs.
Hopefully Blasko's return marks a turnaround for the rushing attack. An improved run game would allow Mike McCarthy to get more creative with his play-calling, which we all agree has gargantuan room for improvement.
Finally, Trevon Diggs underwent surgery on his torn ACL this week. Doctors discovered all of Diggs' other ligaments were intact, which means the Pro Bowl cornerback is poised to return on schedule in 2024.
Though the injury occurred in September, it's normal to postpone surgery to allow for swelling in the knee to subside, which allows for a quicker rehab.
Budding second-year corner DaRon Bland has performed well (some would say great) since Diggs went down, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize how much the defense misses Diggs' presence.
Here's to a healthy and speedy recovery for No. 7!