Last week, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware told reporters at Valley Ranch that he hasn’t been cleared to participate in mini camp this week. But Ware, who had shoulder surgery in January, expects to return to action at training camp next month.
On Monday, Ware told the NFL Networks’ “NFL AM” show that if the Cowboys had a game today, he’d be on the field.
“I feel like if I had to put the pads on today, I’d be fine, and I’d be ready to play,” he said.
Not too surprising considering Ware played through a torn labrum and a hyperextended elbow last season, never missing a start.
“I’m not 100 percent,” Ware said Thursday. “But I’m good enough to play.”
Ware, who has only missed one start in his eight-year career, led the Cowboys in sacks last season with 11.5.
Although Ware has led the team in sacks every season since he was drafted, his 2012 total was tied for the third-lowest of his career. Perhaps moving from outside linebacker to defensive end will put Ware back among the league leaders in that category.
“Going from 3-4 outside linebacker to playing defensive end is actually a little bit easier because you don’t have to worry about a lot of formations in the drops,” Ware told the NFL Network. “So you get more opportunity to rush the passer, so it’s a lot easier, you can be a lot more aggressive because you don’t have to think as much.”