DeMarcus Ware says leg strength is back

IRVING, Texas – The time off after the Dallas Cowboys' win over Oakland on Thanksgiving Day did defensive end DeMarcus Ware good. He could tell at Thursday’s practice.

“I was doing a lot of moves I usually don’t do,” Ware said. “I was doing them in practice, feeling really confident in it. I’ve got my strength back, so I’m happy about that.”

Ware missed three games earlier this season because of a quadriceps strain, but he has played in each of the last three games. In his first game back, against the New Orleans Saints, he was limited to 51 of 83 snaps after he aggravated his quadriceps on a sack of Drew Brees. He played on 96 of the last 123 defensive snaps in the Cowboys' wins against the New York Giants and the Raiders. It is the highest percentage of plays Ware has played since the first two games of the season.

Now he knows he has to get his sack totals up. He has only five this season, his fewest this late in a season since his rookie year. And he knows it will be Josh McCown he must track down, now that the Bears have ruled out Jay Cutler.

McCown has been sacked 10 times in his six games (four starts). Cutler was sacked 11 times in his eight starts.

“I’ve got to get back on track,” Ware said.