DeMarcus Ware may need surgery

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware's status for the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl is in doubt because he could need offseason shoulder surgery.

Ware, who hasn't practiced the past two days because of a hyperextended elbow and a shoulder that keeps popping out, said he will play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins.

However, whenever the Cowboys' season ends, regular season or playoffs, Ware could get surgery to repair a nagging shoulder injury.

"I don't know yet," Ware said on offseason surgery. "Just depends on what they say."

Ware wouldn't answer a question directly about whether he was told by team doctors and trainers whether he needs surgery or rest to heal.

"I can answer that, but I'm not going to answer that," he said. Later, Ware said "maybe, maybe not. Wait to the end of the season to see."

Ware, who leads the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks, was named to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl on Wednesday night.

Playing in Sunday's game against the Redskins with the NFC East title on the line is a bigger deal, it seems, than playing in the Pro Bowl.

"When you think about the Cowboys and Redskins, it's always been a rivalry," Ware said. "And a big NFC East game, now you think about it (and), there's a little bit more at stake. This is like a statement game, one of those games where you can prove to a lot of people no matter what goes on with your team, guys being (injured), you can get a win. You can still play well because it's a team game. It's not just one player out there playing."

Ware said he expects to play every down, but wasn't sure whether defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was going to play him on certain downs because of the injury. Victor Butler, Ware's replacement as the other outside linebacker, was limited in practice Thursday with a groin injury.

But Ware believes that, regardless of how he feels, he'll participate with a chance to extend the Cowboys season despite his health problems.

"I think, in some ways, you got to fight through it," Ware said. "Mentally you have to be more sharp, knowing what's going on. They throw a lot of stuff at you, the Washington Redskins do, and you got to figure out, 'How can I get an edge.' I feel like physically I'm there but mentally I can get better."