Cowboys relieved Ware won't need elbow surgery

INDIANAPOLIS – The Cowboys won’t see DeMarcus Ware on the practice field until they get to Oxnard, Calif., but coach Jason Garrett expressed relief the Pro Bowler will not need surgery on his right elbow.

Ware is rehabilitating from major surgery to his right shoulder for an injury that did not keep him out of any games, but limited his strength. He suffered the elbow injury later in the season and had to wear a brace.

“We were prepared to do whatever we needed to do and wanted to do it as early as we could,” Garrett said, “but that’s certainly a good outcome for us and it seems like he’s getting better and better.”

By not undergoing the elbow surgery, Ware does not need to take a break from his rehab on the shoulder. If he had the second operation he would have needed a few weeks to recover and lay off the shoulder work.

With the Cowboys' move to a 4-3 defense, Ware, whose playing weight has been between 254-260 pounds, will also be making a full-time move to the defensive line.

Under Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay, Simeon Rice played at 268 pounds, and under Rod Marinelli the past two seasons Julius Peppers played at 283 pounds.

“I think the Ware player in the past is pretty close,” Garrett said. “Simeon looked like a basketball player.”