Dallas Cowboys superstar DE DeMarcus Ware suffered a quadriceps injury in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins, and he did not play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after being listed doubtful. Ware actually tried as hard as he could to play and make himself a game-time decision, but there was never a realistic shot of Ware playing in Week 7. The initial timeline of 3-4 weeks seems to be false, and Ware is going to make every effort to play this week against the Detroit Lions.
However, it doesn’t sound like the Cowboys want him to be rushed back, as owner Jerry Jones indicated that he would play it cautious with Ware. He said on his radio show, “We’re in good shape at running back [but] I wish we were in that good of shape at defensive end regarding Ware. We want to watch this. He’s got the type of injury that if it comes back to fast, he doesn’t have a tear there now, he doesn’t have an imperfection. If he tries and goes to early he could get an imperfection that’s another world relative to how he’ll be back.”
Ware is one of the toughest players in the league and will do everything he can to return this week, but it is definitely best for the Cowboys to play it safe with him, especially following Anthony Spencer’s season-ending injury earlier this year. Right now, Ware is clearly the most valuable player on the Cowboys defense, and the Cowboys have to play it as cautious as possible. If he suffers a setback because they allowed him to come back too soon, then they could suffer some significantly negative ramifications.
Jones said that he hopes DeMarco Murray can return this week, and it sounds like Lance Dunbar is good to go.