DeMarcus Ware Injury: Updates on Cowboys Star's Possible Concussion

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) gets past Philadelphia Eagles tackle Demetress Bell (77) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
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As if the Dallas Cowboys didn't have enough problems, star linebacker DeMarcus Ware is being treated for a possible concussion, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas:

Cowboys radio broadcast reports that DeMarcus Ware is getting a concussion test.

— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 18, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. ET

The Cowboys can breathe easier, as Ware returned to the game after being examined (h/t Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland Plain Dealer).

#Cowboys Demarcus Ware back in game, pressured Weeden onpass that was batted down.

— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) November 18, 2012

With the Cowboys fighting back into the game in the fourth quarter, Ware's presence on defense could serve as a mental boost for the rest of the team. They can't afford to let anymore winnable games slip through their fingers. 

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Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reported that Ware was being looked at on the sidelines for "a reported neck injury":

Ware on sideline with a reported neck injury. Victor Butler takes his place on the field.

— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) November 18, 2012

The Cowboys were already in a bad spot against Cleveland, trailing 13-3 heading into the fourth quarter. Ware is the team's best defensive player. He had three tackles, a half-sack and a quarterback hit in this game. 

For the season, Ware had 40 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three tackles for a loss. No other defensive player on the Cowboys has more than 3.5 sacks. Ware is the straw that stirs the drink for the front seven. 

Despite their 4-5 record, the Cowboys have had a very good season defensively. They rank eighth in pass defense and 13th against the run. Ware has always been a huge part of what this team wants to do. 

We will keep you updated on Ware's status as soon as more information becomes available.