Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said earlier this month that DeMarcus Ware needs to stay healthy enough to practice regularly if he hopes to play at the high level we’ve become used to seeing. Ware is a veteran who might not need as many reps during the week as say, a rookie, in order to prepare for a game, but he’s not going to disagree with Jones’s assessment.
“I feel when I practice more or just practice in general I do play better,” Ware said, per ESPN Dallas. “When you’re out there, you do your reps, you’ve seen it, but there’s nothing like simulating going against full speed.”
Of course, Ware didn’t sit out practices just for the heck of it. He spent the season dealing with elbow, back and quad issues, and ended up missing three games due to the quad--which is three more than he had missed in his NFL career before 2013.
“My mentality is if there’s anything, I’m going to play through it,” Ware said. “If you want me to play in a game, I’m going to give all I got. What I would do in practice, the contact stuff I wouldn’t make it through it so I wouldn’t do it. Let me get a couple of run plays in here so I can see the runs, see the plays and what they do. With the pass rush, if we’ve got some stunts, I want to go through that so I got the timing right.”
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