It would stand to reason that DeMarcus Ware has been seeing fewer snaps this season because he’s been struggling with injuries. He’s been struggling with injuries off and on for some time now, after all, dating back (at least) to last year. Then, he was playing through a torn labrum and a hyperextended elbow. Here in 2013, Ware has been dealing with nagging stinger issues.
But Ware believes it’s simply the added strain of playing defensive end as opposed to outside linebacker that’s responsible for his more frequent snaps off, and not any health concerns.
“It’s a more strenuous job,” Ware said, per the team’s official website. “You’re getting more work, so you get tired a lot faster. The mentality of our defense, you’re going to go push yourself to the limit, relentlessness, you’re going to be tired a little bit. You’ve got to have guys rotating and able to run.”
Ware has four sacks on the year, but has been held in check in each of the past two games. In order for him to be at his best, Ware believes, Dallas has been using a rotation at the end spot consisting of he and Kyle Wilber.
“It’s a long game,” Ware said. “When I played linebacker, I played 70 plays. Now, if there’s 70 plays, I might miss eight or nine or 10, give them to Wilber, because it’s different. Now you’re doing a lot more tussling.”
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