DeMarcus Ware gets elbow fixed, contract still an issue

AP

Medically at least, we now know what to expect from Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware.

According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Ware had surgery on his right elbow, and is expected to be back at full strength before the start of the offseason program.

The elbow had bothered him the past two seasons, but every expectation is he’ll be fine moving forward. It was one of several problems he had last year, along with a quadriceps strain that cost him three games and parts of others, as he was held to a career-low 6.0 sacks.

The remaining question is what the Cowboys do with his contract.

He’s scheduled to count $16 million against the salary cap, and make $12.25 million this year. With Terrell Suggs re-working his deal with the Ravens this week, it would be reasonable for the Cowboys to try to adjust Ware’s numbers downward as well. But as of this week, there had been no such talks.

The 31-year-old struggled with the adjustment to a 4-3 defense as well as the injuries last year, and the Cowboys are nearing the time when they might have to make a hard decision with Ware.