DeMarcus Ware back in old face mask

OXNARD, Calif. -- When the Dallas Cowboys play the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday, DE DeMarcus Ware will be back in his helmet with the U-bar face mask. The NFL is awaiting more paperwork before it approves the eight-bar helmet he would like to wear.

Ware wore the eight-bar mask last week at Oakland and had hoped that meant he would be cleared for the regular season. He was in the U-bar helmet at Tuesday's practice.

Last week, the NFL denied a request by Indianapolis Colts DE/LB Robert Mathis to wear a nonconforming face mask.

An NFL player must have a medical reason in order to wear a specialized mask. Ware has battled through a series of stingers in the past few years.