IRVING -– Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware has had a year where injuries have hampered his production.
In October, he left the game against Washington with a quad injury, and was inactive the following week against Philadelphia. Despite his injury, Ware has added six more sacks for a career total of 117.
“People are always going to look at the worst,” Ware said. “They don’t see when you’re out there hurting and when you’re even out there and not being effective, but still getting out there and trying to get the job done."
Ware’s sack total this season ranks him at 22nd in the NFC, and tied for 42nd in the NFL. He doesn’t even lead the team in sacks. That distinction belongs to defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, with nine.
“There aren’t any excuses,” Ware said. “I’m just getting ready for this week. I’m healthy to play and that’s the bottom line.”
Ware said he’s confident he can return to his old form, which has made him the franchise record holder for career sacks. Among active NFL players, he trails on three in John Abraham, Jared Allen, and Julius Peppers.
When asked if he can improve, Ware responded, “What’s my name? Nothing has changed. I don’t feel like nothing has changed. December is always a time when the lights turn on and you have to separate yourself. That’s what we have to do these last few games and we’re going to do that."
Ware said he’s not worried that in his ninth year in the NFL, that’s he lost a step or two.
“I don’t think there is anything that is worrying me,” Ware said. “I just want to win games. If you’re a worried player, you don’t need to be on the field.”
He expects things to change against the Packers this weekend. Ware has never been on a Cowboys defense that has been this bad.
“I wouldn’t say this bad, I would say not as consistent,” Ware corrected.
He said there is no doubt in his mind that he will be a disruptive force again before the end of the season. “I know that for a fact.”