The Dallas Cowboys were able to right the ship on Sunday night with a key divisional win over the Washington Redskins. This came a full week after the Cowboys’ had their hearts broken by Peyton Manning in a shootout for the ages. But Sunday night’s big win against the Redskins didn’t come without its casualties. DeMarco Murray went down with a knee injury and now bad news has emerged regarding Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
The DE left Sunday night’s contest with a quad injury and it’s been announced he will miss three to four weeks. This is somewhat shocking news because Ware sounded optimistic after the game about his status and because he’s never missed a game in his career.
Worst case scenario at this point could be Ware sitting out until after the team’s bye and returning in time for week 12. However, given his history of toughing it out, I’m guess the star DE will only be on the sidelines for a couple of weeks.
So what does he absence mean for the Cowboys?
Outside of missing a vital part of the pass-rush game, it doesn’t mean a heck of a lot. You can’t replace a talent like Ware and the Cowboys will have a hard time doing that with the other injuries they’ve suffered across the defensive line, but this is an injury they can survive. Dallas has basically been trying to outscore its opponents all season long and Ware’s injury will only ramp that up a little bit more.