DeMarcus Ware says he’s playing too

AP

Wide receiver Dez Bryant has been the injured Cowboy garnering the most attention this week, but he’s not the only one whose presence would significantly boost their chances at winning on Sunday.

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday with what’s being called a hyperextended elbow. Losing Ware’s ability to put pressure on Ben Roethlisberger would be a serious blow to the Cowboys, but Ware took a page from Bryant’s book Thursday and vowed he’d be on the field.

“I’ll be ready for the game,” Ware said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “I’ll be good.”

Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff likely became the fifth member of the Cowboys’ starting defense lost for the season after he had sports hernia surgery on Thursday. Injuries have forced the Cowboys to bring in six new players since Nov. 26, leading quarterback Tony Romo to joke that the team needs to hand out “name tags” because of all the new arrivals.

It’s something the Cowboys will have to fight through in the final three weeks of the season if they hope to make the playoffs.