The Dallas Cowboys are changing their defensive alignment to the 4-3 in 2013 and there is going to be an adjustment period for the defense. Although it shouldn’t take that long for the Dallas defense to feel comfortable in their new system, it will surely take longer if DeMarcus Ware isn’t ready to practice when camp opens on July 21.
According to Mike Fisher, via 105.3 The Fan radio, Ware will not be ready to play when the Cowboys begin training camp. Ware had surgery on his shoulder in January and it’s unlikely that he’ll be healthy enough to start practice when camp opens.
The news on Ware should come as no surprise, especially for the Cowboys, who dealt with a similar situation last year with Mike Jenkins. This was the fear many Cowboys fans had when Ware had the surgery and there was always the “hope” he would be cleared for training camp, which hasn’t occurred yet.
Even though the news on Ware isn’t great, it’s no time to panic. We’re still a month away from training camp and things could change but it looks like the Cowboys are preparing for Ware to begin camp on the PUP list. Getting Ware healthy is the most important thing for the Cowboys, who will need their dominant pass rusher on the field when the season begins.
Being conservative early in camp makes sense for both Ware and the team but hopefully the injury won’t linger. The Cowboys defense needs time to practice and gel together in their new alignment. Ware played defensive end in college but no matter what Ware has been doing to prepare for the change in the offseason, there is nothing like actually being out on the field and practicing. Becoming a defensive end again might be like riding a bike but Ware still needs to get back on and pedal.
The Dallas Cowboys need a healthy DeMarcus Ware in 2013 and it looks as though he won’t start training camp at 100%. Cowboys fans everywhere are hoping he gets back sooner rather than later.