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Garrett: Ware will push through injuries to play this week

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DeMarcus Ware was already hurting, and it only got worse.

But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday he expects his star pass-rusher to play Sunday in the loser-leaves-town game against the Redskins.

Ware, who was already battling other problems, missed the entire fourth quarter and only played one snap of overtime against the Saints with a shoulder strain.

“Somehow, some way, DeMarcus is going to get himself right to play in this Washington game,” Garrett said, via Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’ll battle through anything.”

Ware’s never missed a game, but played just 59 of 95 snaps against the Saints. He has 11.5 sacks this season, but just 2.5 the last seven games.

Garrett said trainers will make sure Ware’s “functional and can protect himself,” but he also stressed he’s counting on Ware against the Redskins with the playoffs on the line

“DeMarcus Ware is such a talented athlete, I think a lot of times, people lose sight of the kind of person he is and how mentally and physically tough that he is,” Garrett said. “He’s a very willful guy. . . . He wants to get out there and help our football team.

“He just somehow, some way gets himself ready to play in a ballgame. He hasn’t had the gaudy numbers that he’s had in the past in terms of sacks, but he’s certainly been a productive player for us. I think a lot of that goes to his will and his passion for playing, his passion for his teammates and his love for the game.”

In a one-game season, there’s little choice.

But if the Cowboys were to win and get in the postseason, you wonder what Ware would have left.

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15 Responses to “Garrett: Ware will push through injuries to play this week”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 24, 2012 3:15 PM

    Wouldn’t be the Cowboys if they didn’t have excuses ready before the game. Trent Williams has always shut Ware down. That won’t change Sunday. Redskins rolling to the playoffs period.

  2. thestatsishere says: Dec 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    I love DeMarcus Ware!!! Great player, great man.

  3. proffrith says: Dec 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    I hate it when coaches do this. By setting it up like this, the coach is basically inviting people to criticize the player if he doesn’t play. I’m a Redskins fan, but I know that Ware is a tough guy. He’ll play if he can. If he can’t, it’s not a matter of toughness, and I wish coaches wouldn’t position it like that.

  4. thestatsishere says: Dec 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Dec 24, 2012 3:15 PM

    “Wouldn’t be the Cowboys if they didn’t have excuses ready before the game. Trent Williams has always shut Ware down. That won’t change Sunday. Redskins rolling to the playoffs period.”

    Yeah…That explains why Ware has only had one game where he didn’t get a sack on a Redskins QB.

  5. timpaz says: Dec 24, 2012 3:47 PM

    It’s crunch time he has to play, will have the whole offseason to heal.

  6. 7to10for6allday says: Dec 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    Dallas will win this game. Rg3 is not 100% and romo will light up that secondary. Nobody on skins can cover Dez, I don’t like the dude but he’s ballin right now. Dallas will get in and Minnesota. Skins will be home watching.

  7. skinsfan2 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:32 PM

    7to10for6allday says: Dec 24, 2012 4:17 PM

    Dallas will win this game. Rg3 is not 100% and romo will light up that secondary. Nobody on skins can cover Dez, I don’t like the dude but he’s ballin right now. Dallas will get in and Minnesota. Skins will be home watching.

    Did you watch what Drew Brees did to Dallas yesterday? The Cowboys have their own issues trying to cover people. Could/probably will be a shootout but the Skins are destined to win this game.

  8. mrphootball says: Dec 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    Cowgirls are done. Once we shut their run completely down its over. People seem to forget each week the skins d has improved. Prediction we go up big and stay there 38-21 skins. Hail

  9. bluebongzilla says: Dec 24, 2012 6:38 PM

    “Did you watch what Drew Brees did to Dallas yesterday? The Cowboys have their own issues trying to cover people.”

    If the Redskins had a healthy Drew Brees instead of a gimpy Bob Griffith you might have a point. Didn’t the Redskins just give up 345 passing yards to a rookie 3rd round draft pick?

  10. bluebongzilla says: Dec 24, 2012 6:43 PM

    “Cowgirls are done. Once we shut their run completely down its over. People seem to forget each week the skins d has improved”

    Yeah they looked great giving up over 400 yards of offense at almost 6 yards a pop yesterday.

  11. ceschatz says: Dec 24, 2012 8:01 PM

    comparing a rookie QB to a record breaking, superbowl winning QB is delusional. Skins fans have been out of the mix for so long that their heads aren’t straight.

  12. abninf says: Dec 24, 2012 8:29 PM

    mrphootball says:
    Dec 24, 2012 6:05 PM
    Cowgirls are done. Once we shut their run completely down its over. People seem to forget each week the skins d has improved.
    ===================================

    Must be why the Eagles put up 400+ yards on you yesterday. Romo torched the #1 defense eight days ago. Dallas wins easily.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    It’s all hands on deck in this game for both teams.
    Ware certainly hasn’t appeared to be himself latley. They may have to limit his number of plays particularly in the first half and on non passing downs.

  14. capitaloffense says: Dec 25, 2012 2:36 AM

    Stats are pretty numbers, but don’t mean as much without the story. The Eagles put up 400 yards trying to come back. Anyone who plays fantasy football knows that junk yards get racked up by losers.

    Skins have faced better defenses than Dallas. With the exception of maybe three games, the Skins have not been stopped this season. Romo can’t torch anything from the bench when the Skins are wearing the Boys defense out with the number 1 rushing offense. While Dallas is playing well, let us not forget they are one dimensional. Almost the worst rushing offense (31 of 32) in the league and great passing offense. The telltale sign of a team who plays from behind and frankly, just lacks balance.

    For Dallas to win, the players must win despite Jason Garrett, who is a step above an amateur and has no credentials to match that of Mike Shanahan. He is the worst coach in the NFC East by light years…no light decades.

  15. ceschatz says: Dec 25, 2012 12:49 PM

    hahahahahahahahahaha. Seeing all these redskin fans come out of the woodwork is nothing but entertaining. They have been irrelevant for so many years that even their “smack talk” is lame. you talk so high of your team “number 1 rushing offense” but you for get to mention your last ranked pass defense. Good luck, but once again after this next week, your team will once again be irrelevant and you will still be fans of an underachieving team.

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