Cowboys notes: Short passes limit injured Ware’s impact

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Defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who left last week’s game with a neck stinger, left Sunday’s game with a back strain.

He said he strained a muscle in his back on the first series. He came out briefly, but returned.

“You have to play,” he said. “You have to do what you have to do.”

Ware got credit for two tackles. He did not have a sack, frustrated by the San Diego short passing game.

“Especially on third-and-short,” he said. “They converted a lot of third downs and got a lot of first downs on us. We’ve got to get turnovers and get off the field.”

Asked if he was double-teamed every snap, Ware said, “I don’t care about getting doubled. Sometimes, I got singled, and I should have won. It’s not about a double team. We have to be effective. I know how teams are going to attack us. They are going to do the same thing.”

Injury update

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was hit in the head as he tried to tackle Antonio Gates in the second quarter. He passed the concussion test on the sideline and returned to the game, finishing with five tackles.

Defensive end George Selvie went out in the second half with a head injury. He said afterward that he was fine. He notched his third sack of the season.

Linebacker Justin Durant had a groin injury in the second half and did not return.

Claiborne’s hard day

Cornerback Morris Claiborne said he had a “very hard” day after the Chargers picked on his side of the field.

“They were just throwing it to the spots that weren’t covered,” he said. “They made plays. We didn’t. Any time you give up that many catches, it’s a hard day. But all you can do is keep playing, keep playing the coverage.”

Claiborne said his recent shoulder injury wasn’t on his mind.

“They hit a couple of plays all over the field, but obviously they found more over there on the right side,” he said, and accepted blame. “Any time they’re throwing to a side, you guys are going to say that’s Mo’s side, anyway. They hit the passes over there, so why not take it?”

Harris return

Dwayne Harris had his longest punt return of the season, a 38-yard effort up the right sideline that gave the Cowboys the ball in Chargers territory in the second half. He came in averaging 8.4 yards on five returns with a long of 22.

It was his only return of the game.

“Just a good setup by the return guys,” he said. “All I have to do is run.”

Harris also had one catch for 13 yards.

Bailey miss

Dan Bailey missed a 56-yard try wide left in the second quarter that would have been the longest field goal of his career.

“I was confident. I’m sure Jason [Garrett] and Rich [Bisaccia] were confident,” Bailey said. “It’s just unfortunate that I didn’t put it through.”

Bailey is 3 for 8 on road attempts of 50 yards or more.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @calexmendez

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