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September 27, 2013

DeMarcus Ware understands how to deal with his neck stingers, which he knows by now will always be a problem for him

DeMarcus Ware gets neck stingers, and he figures he always will. But the Cowboys defensive end says he’s luckier than other players because they don’t keep him out of games very long.

“When you get a stinger, your arm goes numb,” he said this week as the Cowboys got ready to play San Diego. “But after that, probably about five minutes, you’re back at it again. That’s one thing I’ve been blessed with. A lot of guys, they get stingers and lose a lot of strength. So I can go back out there and keep playing.”

Ware has been bothered by neck stingers since the season opener in 2009. They are described as trauma injuries to the nerve bundles in the neck and shoulder. Ware, whose job as a pass rusher means bulling his way into the backfield, knows they are not going away.

“It’s a car crash every time,” he said with a smile. “Like last year, I didn’t have one. This year, it started right at the beginning of the season. But you just figure out how to cope with it and keep going.”

Ware said for him, stimulus treatments, acupuncture and a visit to the chiropractor get him right during the week. He was limited in practice this week but is probable for Sunday's game.

“You figure out what makes it go away,” he said. “What, nine years now? So it’s just like you get out there and you tweak a finger. OK, cool. I know exactly what to do to rehabilitate it and keep rolling.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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