Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett believes DeMarcus Ware is fully capable of bouncing back from a uncharacteristically unproductive season to return to Pro Bowl form in 2014.
Ware had a career-low six sacks, while playing in 13 games. Garrett doesn’t believe these relatively paltry numbers indicate that Ware is on the decline--rather, he blames the 34-year-old’s rough season on a handful of health issues, including a quad injury, a hyperextended elbow and a herniated disk in his back.
“He was dealing with a number of different things throughout the course of the season,” Garrett said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “So he’s been a great football player for us. We still feel like he’s a young player. We’ve got to get him healthy and get him back to the form we’re all used to.”
Of course, all this is assuming Ware is back in Dallas in 2014, and that’s far from a sure thing. Many believe Ware will be a cap casualty, and no less an authority than Jerry Jones has acknowledged that’s a real option.
“We don’t want to get into all of these roster discussions right now,” Garrett said. “But I had a great meeting with him [Wednesday]. What we anticipate all of the guys on our football team to do is get ready to play in 2014. In DeMarcus’ case, he’s got to get himself healthy, get that elbow cleaned up, the other things he’s had to deal with and get himself ready to go and be his best version.”
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