DeMarcus Ware to have surgery on right elbow

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Last week, there was no elbow surgery scheduled for Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

That changed this week. Ware said Tuesday that he will have surgery to correct an exposed nerve in his right elbow that has bothered him for most of the last two seasons. Ware rested it last offseason while having surgery on his shoulder, but decided on a different course of action this time around.

“It’s been killing me,” Ware said, via Todd Archer of “It’s hurt really bad and that’s why I would wear an elbow pad to stop from getting it hit but that didn’t do much. It would get irritated even when it was barely touched.”

Ware expects to be able to participate in most of the offseason program and will be trying to bounce back from a career-low six sacks last season. Injuries, including a quad strain that kept him out of three games, contributed to his struggles and could lead to discussions about the non-guaranteed $26 million he has coming his way over the next two seasons.

14 responses to “DeMarcus Ware to have surgery on right elbow

  1. Hey – no one wants to go under the knife. Waiting game is normal. This surgery will not be too evasive or detrimental to career. Get well and continue to sack em.

  2. Sounds like he did his best to avoid surgery but at this point, get it done so he can play this season.

    Not a Cowboys fan but if you love football you gotta root for guys like Ware to make it back healthy – the game is better with him.

    He’s probably not worth $13 mil a season anymore but I think every football fan would love to have a healthy DeMarcus Ware on their team.

  3. Didn’t Jerrah tell us last week that DeMarcus didn’t need surgery? Well I guess that the greatest Owner, and the greatest GM, and the greatest Head Coach in the history of the NFL, doesn’t have a clue about medical matters. Tony Romo doesn’t need surgery, Demarcus doesn’t need surgery, and on and on. Jerrah, just shut the f**k up. Every time you open your mouth, a fool shows his face. If you want any more rings, if you want history to know that you were a great owner, swallow your pride, and hire Jimmy Johnson to run the operation, and in three years, you would have 2 more rings, then you could fire him again.

  4. He’s been playing the last 2 years like he’s been bothered. For all the hype about him, he’s been average for the last 4-5 seasons. Definitely not worth $13 mil any more.

  5. FWIW, I have the same problem. It hurts like hell for a couple days, then seems to get better, then you bump it and it gets worse. This goes on for a month or so. You have between 20% and 80% use of your arm, and next to zero strength, until it heals completely, and the only way I’ve found to do that is to wrap it up totally in bandages to protect it from getting bumped. Even resting it on an arm rest in a car or armchair will re-inflame it.

    I can’t imagine playing football, much less at a pro level, with this kind of issue. The thing is: it WILL get well on its own, without surgery, at least until it decides to get inflamed again. So I can understand Ware’s reluctance to have it cut on, particularly during the season.

  6. Ware was much less productive last year in the 4-3 defense which he has admitted is tougher on his body to play. That was with him being a part time player.

    As many have said, Ware is a great dude but Jerry can’t afford to pay Ware that big salary as he is less healthy, older, and not able to play the 4-3 every down.

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