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August 28, 2012

Ware won't promise five sacks of Eli, but vows he and his hamstring are ready

Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware will get a chance to do what the woman on the NFL's "Back to Football" commercial wants him to do: Sack Eli Manning five times.

Ware said he practiced Monday and "a little bit" Tuesday and vowed himself ready to go for the season opener against the Giants on Sept. 5. Ware hurt his left hamstring in practice Aug. 16 and missed the past two preseason games. He and most of the team's other starters will not play Wednesday night against the Dolphins.

"It's good," Ware said of his hamstring. "...We practiced [for] New York today, did some things, so I'll be good." 

Ware said he shot the NFL commercial at MetLife Stadium and didn't know how it was going to turn out until he saw the finished product. He called the exchange with Manning and a couple -- the man a Giants fan and the woman a Cowboys fan -- "funny." The woman tries to make Ware promise to get five sacks of Manning.

"They can expect what they want to expect," Ware said, with a smile, when asked if fans should expect five sacks from him. "We have to be able to get some pressure on the quarterback to win that game."

Ware has sacked Manning more than any other quarterback, with 10.5 of his career 99.5 sacks coming against the Giants quarterback. He has never had more than four sacks in a game, though.

During his acceptance speech Tuesday for team defensive MVP honors, Ware said he was "up here shaking" because he is so excited for the Giants game. The Cowboys have anticipated the rematch with the Giants since the schedule was released. They lost the regular-season finale at MetLife Stadium on New Year's Day, an elimination game that propelled the Giants into the playoffs and onto the Super Bowl title.

"I think the Giants have been on my mind since the end of the season, because you think about how you lost," Ware said of the 31-14 defeat. "That sort of motivates you to get you through the off-season and carry you through training camp and now that's our first game. We've been preparing for it the whole time, and we want to make a statement the first game. ...I think everybody's ready it."

-- Charean Williams



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