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January 31, 2013

DeMarcus Ware may need elbow surgery, ready to "roll with the punches" in new role

Cowboys DeMarcus Ware is wearing a sling on his surgically repaired right shoulder, and he said Thursday it appears he will have to have a minor procedure on his elbow.

"Just to get the bone fragments cleaned up," Ware said from radio row at the Super Bowl, where he is making the rounds.

Ware was slowed by several injuries this season, the biggest being the injuries to his right arm. He hyperextended his right elbow in a December game against the Bengals and later injured his shoulder against the Saints. The torn posterior labrum was repaired Jan. 10.

He wore a brace on his elbow and a harness to protect his shoulder, and he admits the injuries prevented him from performing the way he is accustomed. Ware had only 1.5 sacks the last six games to finish with 11.5. He did make his seventh Pro Bowl but did not play in the all-star game last weekend.

Ware said he hoped to be back for organized team activities, but it is more likely he won't be cleared until training camp.

"You never know," Ware said. "It's all up to their discretion."

Ware will have a new defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, who is installing the 4-3 defense. That means Ware will have his hand on the ground instead of rushing as a stand-up outside linebacker, where he made 111 sacks in his first eight seasons since the Cowboys made him a first-round pick.

"I think just in general a lot of changes are going on," Ware said. "You never know what's best for the team. You've just got to roll with the punches."

-- Charean Williams

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