DeMarcus Ware Injury: Updates on Cowboys Star's Shoulder

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2012

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) rushes the passer during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET

On Friday, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said he would play on Sunday against the Washington Redskins with a shoulder brace, according to ESPN Dallas.

Ware, who is also dealing with a hyperextended right elbow, hasn't practiced all week but will almost certainly suit up in the decision-deciding battle with the Redskins on Sunday night.

Ware, who was named to his seventh Pro Bowl earlier this week, said on Thursday that he might need offseason surgery on his shoulder.

In last Sunday's game against the Saints, Ware played without a brace, but missed much of the fourth quarter and overtime with injury.

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The Dallas Cowboys are in the midst of a competitive playoff race, and the team may have to win without star outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jimmy Burch reported the following on a shoulder injury Ware sustained against the New Orleans Saints:

Ware has R shoulder strain. His return is questionable

— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) December 23, 2012

Ware has been the most consistent and productive pass-rusher in the NFL over the past few seasons, but he has been slowed down in 2012 due to injuries.

He was half of a sack shy of his career best last season after taking down opposing quarterbacks 19.5 times, but this year, he has just 11.5 sacks.

While that would be an impressive number for nearly any other NFL player, Ware has built lofty standards for himself during his impressive career.’s Ian Rapoport noted that Ware has dealt with injuries to his elbow and shoulder this season, and he quoted the star linebacker as saying, “That's what this game is about: Going out there and being a gladiator, no matter what's wrong; sorta fighting through it mentally.”

Ware—who has 111 career sacks—is an instrumental part of the Dallas defense. He is a player who opposing offenses must constantly be aware of, and his presence is vital to the team’s success. 

With the Cowboys fighting for a shot at the NFC East crown and a wild-card spot, they will need a lively pass rush. It will be difficult to generate a significant amount of pressure without Ware.

Check back here for updates on his condition going forward.