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November 19, 2013

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware: "Yeah, I'll play this week and I need to be effective."

 Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware guarantees he will be on the field for Sunday's crucial NFC East showdown against the New York Giants.

Ware has yet to practice since tweaking a quadriceps strain in the blowout loss to the Saints two weeks ago. He spent last week's bye rehabbing and plans to do something in practice Wednesday as he gears up for Sunday's game.

"I'll play this week," Ware said Tuesday serving early Thanksgiving Day dinner with his teammates at the Salvation Army in Dallas. "I'm feeling a lot better. I tested it [Monday] in practice. It felt pretty good. Then this week, I'll just do all the drills, make sure I get all my keys, and get ready for this week."

Ware is not yet 100 percent and admits he couldn't have played if the Cowboys had a game last week.

He is also admittedly frustrated about the injuries that have held him back this season. He has missed parts of several games with a stinger before missing three games with the quad strain.

But Ware is now focused on getting his body ready and fresh for the final six-game stretch.

"Injuries always come with football," Ware said. "But the thing is being productive when I’m out there, I feel like I am, but the thing is I feel like I want more time and the injuries have been holding me back from doing that. Now I’m just trying to get my body back right so I know what I can do and once I’m out there fully healthy. Now it’s just having this bye week, getting back to where we need to be. Right now the rest of my body feels like I’m just going into training camp. My leg feels like I just went through training camp. Now it’s just getting it to the point where it’s very functional. I know right now the way my body feels, it feels great, feels strong, feels fast. Now it just get over the hump of these little injuries and moving forward."|

The big question is whether Ware can move forward and be the dominant force of old over the last six games. He has just five sacks and is in jeopardy of failing to reach double-digit sacks for the first time since his rookie season.

Ware knows that if the Cowboys are going to make a push for the playoffs he needs to be effective and that means piling up some sack numbers. 

"I’m always trying to carry the defense," Ware said. "But the thing is it’s not just one person that’s carrying it. We’ve got Hatch back. We’ve got Nick back. Claiborne, he might be back. But I think at the end of the day you look at the past and how you got five sacks in 10 games. You’re like, 'OK you were out. You haven’t had the opportunity. Now while you’re out there, how effective can you be for this one game against the Giants?' And yes, I do need to be effective."

 Clarence Hill



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