Irving _ Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware confirmed via text that he will have elbow surgery Feb. 18 to address a nerve issue that has been bothering him for two years.
Ware said he will be ready to participate in the majority of the off season program, which begins April 21, and will certainly be available for OTAs and mini camps in May.
Ware is coming off a season in which he battled back, quad and elbow injuries, resulting in a career-low six sacks.
This is will mark the second straight off-season that Ware will undergo surgery. He had surgery on his right shoulder last year.
Ware believes he will get back to his old form in 2014 after he gets the nerve issue in his elbow fixed.
It's certainly something the Cowboys must consider as they prepare to make a decision on his future in the coming months. Ware has a $12.25 million base salary in 2014 and will count $16 million against the salary cap.
The financially-strapped Cowboys will have to address his contract in an effort to get under the 2014 salary cap.
Do they do the normal restructure and push money into future years, ask him to take a pay cut or release the team's all-time leading sacker?
Ware indicated after the season that would be willing to restructure his contract to help the team but he had no interest in taking a pay cut.
Though quarterback Tony Romo is progressing well in his rehab from back surgery, the Dallas Cowboys could certainly at lease use another quarterback or two to throw passes in the off season program and minicamps.
Vetearn backup Kyle Orton is the only other quarterback on the roster.
To that end, the Cowboys worked out former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Kafka on Thursday, multiple sources confirmed.
Kafka, a former fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 2010, was given "a look-see" by the Cowboys along with former Arena League receivers Braylon Bell and Maurice Williams.
Kafka hasn't played in the NFL since he was released by the Eagles before the 2012 season. He spent time in camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 but was released before the season. Kafka didn't play as a rookie and played in four games with the Eagles in 2011.
Bell played in college at Abilene Christian but is a native of Dallas and product of South Oak Cliff high school. Williams played as a freshman at Pittsburgh before being ruled academically ineligible. He bounced around the semi-pro and Arena league the last four years before being signed by the Indianapolis Colts last summer. He was released and given and injury settlement at the end of August.
The Cowboys have yet to decide if they will sign any of them.
Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown, who learned last year that his daughter has leukemia, and his family are hosting a registration drive for bone marrow donations next week.
The drive will take place Feb. 14 at Children’s Medical Center hospitals.
Malena Brown, 15, has chronic myeloid leukemia. The Cowboys said the Browns are trying to find an unrelated bone marrow donor for her and other children suffering from cancer and blood disorders.
The family is working with BeTheMatch.org. Potential donors are encouraged to register at www.childrens.com/bethematch if they cannot register at the hospital. Using the promo code “children’s” allows registrants a chance to have a free test kit sent to their homes.
Malena’s leukemia was diagnosed shortly after Brown joined the staff a year ago.
The fifth time was not the charm for the former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman, who again was denied entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams, Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey form the Class of 2014, announced Saturday night. Brooks and Jones earned enshrinement as first-year eligible candidates, and Strahan made it after missing last year in his first year of eligibility.
Williams and Reed have waited longer, with Reed in his ninth year of eligibility and Williams in his fifth. Guy, the first punter to earn induction and only the second true specialist, and Humphrey were seniors nominees.
The seven-man class will be enshrined in Canton this summer.
The 46 selectors met for a record 8 hours, 59 minutes, with Haley’s discussion taking 25 minutes. Discussion on Tony Dungy lasted 47 minutes, the longest of the day, with Brooks taking only 10 minutes.
Haley made the cut to 10, but he, Jerome Bettis, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison and Will Shields were eliminated in the reduction to five. Morten Andersen, Tim Brown, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy and John Lynch were eliminated from consideration in the first reduction ballot from 15 to 10.
Haley, whose final retirement came following the 1999 season, has been eligible for enshrinement for 10 years. In that time, he has watched seven teammates inducted into the Hall of Fame.
It had seemed this might be Haley’s year.
He remains the only player with five Super Bowl rings, winning two with the San Francisco 49ers and three with the Cowboys.
Haley’s teams went 153-66, including 19-6 in the postseason. Only once in 12 regular seasons did his team have a losing record. That was in 1999 after he had retired and then unretired.
His teams won 10 division titles, and he played in seven NFC Championship Games. His teams missed the playoffs only twice.