DALLAS - AUGUST 22: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Texas Stadium on August 22, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DeMarcus Ware underwent surgery yesterday to remove bone spurs from his foot, which bothered him through most of the 2009 season.
The All-Pro linebacker opted to wait until after the Pro Bowl to go under the knife, as the procedure is considered minor, and shouldn't cause Ware to miss any of Dallas's off-season conditioning program. Ware has played all 16 games in the past five seasons.
But the all-everything Ware wasn't the only one to undergo a surgical procedure on Thursday; safety Alan Ball and center Duke Preston each had minor ankle surgery. They, like Ware, are not expected to miss any significant amount of time.
Ball started at strong safety for the Cowboys for three weeks during the 2009 season, as Ken Hamlin was sidelined with injury, and starred as a member of special teams. Preston spent most of the season as a member of the practice squad, and never made it into game action.
The Cowboys' off-season conditioning program commences next month.