DeMarcus Ware Injury: Updates on Cowboys Star's Shoulder

Ethan GrantAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2013

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) on the field before a play against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Ware struggled mightily in the second half of the NFL season for the Dallas Cowboys. Heck, his injury might have a had a direct impact as to why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired.

Dallas and Ware plan on addressing that injury as soon as possible.

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas is reporting that Ware is scheduled to have right shoulder surgery on Thursday. Specifically, Ware will have his torn posterior labrum repaired, as the injury caused him to suffer through his shoulder popping in and out of place.

Here's an excerpt from Archer's report:

Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware said he will undergo surgery on his right shoulder Thursday but hopes he will be cleared to return to the field in time for training camp.

Ware is also dealing with an elbow injury, but hasn't decided whether or not to address his hyperextended right elbow, which also was a concern during the 2012 season. Here's another excerpt from Archer's piece:

It has not been decided whether Ware will have surgery on his hyperextended right elbow. The hope is that rest will help resolve the issue, but he could have a minor procedure performed later in the offseason.

Despite dealing with those injuries, Ware still managed to produce a solid season by NFL standards. His 11.5 sacks led the team, but he managed just 2.5 sacks over the last eight games of the season.

After an 8-8 mark in another season in which Dallas missed the playoffs, it's clear Ware is a big factor in the team's success; his health could have made the difference against Robert Griffin III in Week 16.

We'll monitor his shoulder after surgery on Thursday, as Ware begins the recovery process and tries to help pick up the pieces of a defense that has no leader, no definite base and a lot of questions in the next few weeks to answer.


Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.