When asked about the contract Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo received earlier this spring, teammate DeMarcus Ware said it was “put up or shut up” time.
But Ware said Sunday that he wasn’t singling out Romo, but that his message applied to everyone who wears the star.
“They’re going to twist the words that you can change,” Ware said, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “So I talked to Romo about that. It didn’t come across as it was personified as. I tell them when it’s time to play you put everything else behind you and put your best foot forward. . . .
“That’s everybody. When you get out there it’s put up or shut up. It’s produce or don’t get on the field.”
Ware put himself on the line last season, playing through a hyperextended elbow, and a shoulder problem which required surgery in January. He said he has full range of motion now and is able to lift weights, but was careful about the progress he’s made.
“It feels really good now but I haven’t had any impact yet,” Ware said. “That’s the whole deal. How much impact can you take? You don’t want to have a [setback].”
There will be eyes on Ware this season as well, seeing how he makes the transition to playing with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 defense. He’s been one of the top pass-rushers in the game standing up in a 3-4, having clearly put up, even when hurt.