Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware confirmed via text that he will have right 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 be available for organized team activities and minicamps in May.
Ware is coming off a season in which he battled back, quadriceps and elbow injuries, resulting in a career-low six sacks. The quad injury sidelined him for the first time in his career. He missed three games.
This is will be the second straight off-season that Ware will have undergone surgery. He had an operation on his right shoulder last year.
Ware is hoping the elbow surgery will allow him to return to his All-Pro form.
It’s certainly something the Cowboys must consider as they prepare to make a decision on his future. Ware has a $12.25 million base salary in 2014 and will count $16 million against the cap.
The financially strapped Cowboys will have to address his contract in an effort to get under the 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 leader in sacks?
Ware indicated after the season he would be willing to restructure his contract but that he had no interest in taking a pay cut.