DeMarcus Ware Injury: Updates on Broncos Star's Back and Recovery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Jan 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) lays on a table being tended to by a trainer on the sidelines against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18 to advance to the Super Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The Denver Broncos' high-powered defensive line had been without a key piece in training camp, as star linebacker DeMarcus Ware was battling a back injury. However, he has been cleared to return.

Continue for updates.

Ware Active vs. Panthers

Thursday, Sept. 8

Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reported Ware was not among the Broncos' inactives on Thursday.

Latest on Ware's Practice Status

Wednesday, Sept. 7

The Broncos announced Ware was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Ware Comments on Injury 

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Ware said he was only about 70 percent when he played in the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers, per Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan.

On July 28, Ware told reporters he was dealing with a "lingering back issue" and expects to be ready for the start of the regular season, per Legwold.

Ware Will Be Big Piece of Broncos' Title Defense

Ware's role with the Broncos has changed since joining the team in 2014. He went from a starting defensive end to a third-down specialist as a pass-rushing linebacker last season. 

Age played a factor in Ware's decision to make the change, as he is 33 years old and not as durable as he was during his peak in Dallas. Last year, for instance, he missed four games battling nagging back pain. 

The Broncos aren't lacking in talent on the defensive line, particularly with pass-rusher extraordinaire Von Miller around. Derek Wolfe is also a strong defender in the trenches, though the loss of Malik Jackson in free agency impacts their depth. 

But Ware is Denver's second-best pass-rusher. He makes an excellent Robin to Miller's Batman, so the Broncos need him healthy this season if they hope to compete for a playoff spot in a strong AFC West while their offense goes through a transition period with a new quarterback. 


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