Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has never missed a game in his NFL career. But he will tonight when the Cowboys take on the Saints unless both he and team doctors say he’s completely recovered from the neck injury he suffered six days ago.
Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Ware will not play unless he’s able to convince doctors he’s at full strength, has a full range of motion and, in Werder’s words, has “no lingering psychological effects.”
In other words, the Cowboys won’t let Ware play unless he and team doctors say they’re certain the neck sprain that caused him to be stretchered off the field on Sunday isn’t affecting him in any way. Ware is officially listed as questionable.
The initial reports this week indicated that Ware was likely to miss at least one game, although later in the week the Cowboys said he could play against the Saints. Ware said he wants to play but is willing to trust the doctors to make the call on whether he can go or not.