After hearing that DeMarcus Ware likely won’t have to undergo a second offseason surgery, Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere are rejoicing, which is the natural first reaction. However, the fact was “might not need the surgery” isn’t necessarily a good thing. When you look at the picture above, it’s clear Ware’s body is starting to show signs of wear from his brutal NFL career. That surgery might set him back for the 2013 season, but skipping it could do a lot more damage.
Sometimes surgeries can actually make things worse if they’re not necessary, especially for athletes of Ware’s caliber. On the flip side, skipping such surgeries can sometimes result in more critical damage to the body, leading to a worse ending than what would have been already. Ware had surgery on his torn labrum in mid-January and this next seemingly optional surgery will be on his hyperextended right elbow, if it happens.
Ware played through the pain with a brace on it at the end of last year, but if it doesn’t heal properly, it could cause him issues throughout the 2013 season and beyond. Sure, surgery would cause him to miss OTAs and some of the other summer activities, but that wouldn’t hurt a perennial All-Pro like Ware, especially if it meant eliminating what could be a nagging injury.
The Cowboys’ failure to win over the better part of the last two decades has resulted from decisions like this one that weren’t paid enough attention, from draft choices to trades to contract negotiations. Ware is too important to overlook.