DeMarcus Ware is sore after being carted off the field on Sunday with a sprained neck, but said Tuesday that he wants to play when the Cowboys head to the Superdome to take on the unbeaten New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.
Ware has yet to be cleared to return by doctors, but is optimistic that he will make a quick recovery. The three-time Pro Bowler will undergo further testing in the coming days.
"Just taking it day-by-day and go from there," Ware said on Tuesday. "Neck is a little sore right now so you have to be cautious with that. But at the end of the day, treating it and trying to get ready for this week."
Ware said that getting back on the field is a priority, but that he will take a cautious approach in making his return. While the injury is certainly less serious than it could have been, the collision was a palpable scare for the Cowboys' captain, one that induced thought of the future.
"It's really important," he said of a full recovery. "Since not only are you talking about the team standpoint of being able to go out there and make plays and try to win a game this week. But also you got to think about the player's health. He can go out there and he might get paralyzed, hurt himself even more.
"Which one is more important: longevity or right now."