DeMarcus Ware is getting healthy

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware said his surgically repaired right shoulder is almost fully healed to the point where he has full range of motion and is lifting weights.

Ware is participating in some portions of the Cowboys' voluntary offseason program and hopes to do more when the team's organized team activities begin in May.

"It feels really good right now," Ware said Sunday night at the annual Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party from the Gaylord Texan. "But I hadn’t had any impact yet. That’s the whole deal of how much impact can you take? You don’t want to take it too early and have a setback."

Ware played with one arm for the last month of the season. He hyperextended his right elbow in early December and dealt with a torn posterior labrum late in the season. Ware needed an elbow and a shoulder brace for the final month of the season, and if the Cowboys' regular season finale didn't mean anything against the Washington Redskins he most likely wouldn't have played.

There was a possibility Ware might also need elbow surgery, but rest allowed that injury to heal.

"If you’re playing out there with a cast on, an elbow brace and shoulder brace on and you have one arm and you’re going against a guy who’s 350 pounds, it’s a little bit different," he said. "But I feel like if you get out there and give it all you got and what you got, some people would have been sitting on the sideline, and I wasn’t. So it’s getting out there and doing what you can do to help the team."