LANDOVER, Md. – A one-armed DeMarcus Ware made no impact with the NFC East title at stake Sunday night.
The perennial Pro Bowler was reduced to being a part-time player because of injuries to his right elbow and shoulder that he said will require separate operations to repair. Ware was credited with only one assist and one quarterback hurry in the 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins.
“He gave us everything he had,” defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “Shouldn’t have been out there, but he was trying. Believe me, he was giving us everything he’s got and then some. We needed his leadership; he gave it to us. He was trying his ass off, but obviously it’s tough.”
That Ware played at all was relatively remarkable, although he made sure there was never any doubt that he’d be available with a playoff berth on the line. Still, Ware’s injuries were so severe that he wasn’t able to practice all week. He’ll schedule surgeries after the Cowboys return home.
“I always told myself that pain subsides eventually, but if you give up, that’s going to stick with you for a lifetime,” Ware said.
The injuries have affected Ware for weeks. He said the elbow, which was protected by a large brace, was the bigger problem. It got to the point that Ware couldn’t use his right arm to take on blockers.
“I just got out there and played and do what I could do,” said Ware, who will have to skip the Pro Bowl. “But each week it just got worse and worse and worse.”