ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 21: Dallas Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones talks with linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 prior to the Cowboys taking the field against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason game at Cowboys Stadium on August 21, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Ware suffered a strained neck in last week's 20-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers, and was carted off the field with his head in a stabilizer. He improved steadily through the week, participating in some portions of practice on Thursday. He was listed as questionable leading into tonight's match-up at the Superdome.
When Matt asked Ware if he would play tonight, the All-Pro linebacker confirmed that he would with a thumbs-up, the universal sign for all-systems-go, as popularized by Arthur Fonzarelli.
Going against the top-rated offense in football, Ware's return could be a difference-maker for the Cowboys, who have asserted all week the importance of getting pressure on the Saints' Drew Brees. Suiting up arguably the best pass rusher in football should help them in this regard.
Should Ware be limited at all, expect rookie Victor Butler to pick up the slack. Butler replaced Ware in last week's game and has three sacks and a forced fumble on the year.