Cowboys notes: Ware gets first two sacks of season, but dings shoulder in second half

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DeMarcus Ware recorded his first two sacks of the season Sunday, an encouraging sign as he adjusts to a new position.

But the Dallas Cowboys defensive end also got an ugly reminder of last year, having to leave Sunday’s game in the second half with a shoulder injury.

He has had trouble with shoulder and neck “stingers,” painful nerve injuries, in his career. Last season, he played much of the last half of the season with arm and shoulder injuries.

“It was some shoulder stuff. I’m fine,” he said after the game.

Ware’s sacks were the only two tackles he was credited with, but he also had two quarterback hurries as he and defensive Anthony Spencer played together for the first time this season.

Ware’s two sacks gave him 113 for his career, putting him one behind Harvey Martin for the team record. It also tied Ware for 18th in NFL history with Julius Peppers. Ware added to his team record for multiple-sack games with 27.

Waters’ debut

Brian Waters saw his first action with the Cowboys, playing in four series at right guard in place of starter Mackenzy Bernadeau. But Waters, signed Sept. 4, did not play on the Cowboys’ final four possessions.

“I didn’t want him to play too many snaps,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He did practice the last couple weeks, and he felt good about it, so we wanted to get him in there and just get him working. And it seemed like he did a good job, and it seemed like he handled the work OK.”

“It was exciting, being able to play the game,” said Waters, who did not play last year after playing with the New England Patriots in 2011. “Obviously disappointed in the outcome. But definitely, I was excited to be out there, be in those pads again. So that was definitely fun.”

Spencer adds plays

Defensive end Anthony Spencer, playing for the first time this season after knee surgery in July, said he felt better the more he played.

“We went in just trying to play on third downs, but the better I felt, the more I wanted to do, so we did a little bit extra,” he said, estimating he played 30 snaps.

Spencer had two tackles and one quarterback hurry.

His left knee was wrapped in ice as he walked toward the team bus, but he said it held up well.

Claiborne’s play

Cornerback Morris Claiborne, playing in a shoulder harness to protect the shoulder he injured last week, said he was fine in the game.

“Pretty good. I finished the game,” he said.

And he defended his aggressive play on the third-and-10 pass on which he was called for pass interference, giving the Chiefs a first down that they used to run the clock down.

Asked if he could have allowed the catch and then made the tackle short of the first down, he said, “When you’re out there at corner, you’re not trying to give up anything. You’re going to be aggressive. That was the opportunity, I felt like, to be aggressive. It was just called PI.”

Romo painkiller

Tony Romo took a pain-killing injection before the game for his bruised ribs, but he wore no extra padding other than his normal rib protection.

“Yeah, we talked about it throughout the week, just seeing how it would feel, and yeah, it got to that point,” Romo said.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760 Twitter @calexmendez

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