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December 21, 2012

Nothing keeps DeMarcus Ware from playing

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware has never played through so many injuries, including the hyperextended elbow that has limited him in practice this week. But Ware is not one to complain.

“You look at injuries, and the majority of things are mental,” he said. “Just getting out there, playing, doing what you can do. If you can get out there and give it 100 percent, that’s all you can ask for.”

Ware also has had to deal with stingers at various times this season, and a tight hamstring kept him from practicing for a few days. He has a sore shoulder and wrist now. Despite everything, he will make his 126th career start Sunday. He has never missed a game in his eight-year career.

“I haven’t played through the [number of] injuries I’ve had but you see a lot of guys on the team that are banged up or not playing,” Ware said. “If you can get out there and make some plays and play consistent still with the injuries you have, you’ve got to look at it that way.”

Ware has played hurt against the Saints previously. In a December 2009 game, Ware played despite a neck injury the previous week. It was the only game in his career he didn't start, but he helped the Cowboys give the Saints their first loss after 13 victories with a sack/forced fumble on Drew Brees that ended the game.

“I think when you think about an injury that can put you out for the season and you have an opportunity to come back from it, it lets you know what type of player you are and that you can fight through adversity,” Ware said. That is what this game is about, sort of going out there being a gladiator no matter what is wrong and sort of fighting through it mentally.”

Ware has 70 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 30 quarterback pressures and four forced fumbles this season.

-- Charean Williams

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