DeMarcus Ware injury: Cowboys DE will miss minicamp

Jed Jacobsohn

The Cowboys, in the midst of a transition to a 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin, will be without DeMarcus Ware for an extended period of time.

DeMarcus Ware has yet to be cleared by doctors after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery and will miss veteran minicamp with the Dallas Cowboys next week, according to ESPN Dallas. Ware had to repair a torn labrum that bothered him even while he was racking up 11.5 sacks with the team last season. He says he still isn't quite back to normal.

"I feel good. I'm not 100 percent, but I'm good enough to play," Ware said after a high school football camp hosted by the Cowboys on Thursday. "I still got a couple of months to recover and get ready for training camp and I'll be ready by then."

Ware is confident he will be ready for training camp, saying he does not expect to open up full-pad workouts on the Cowboys' physically unable to perform list. There is every reason to believe him given how consistent he has been. Ware has yet to miss a game in eight seasons in Dallas.

A healthy Ware will be pivotal to the Cowboys' defensive success this season. The unit is transitioning from Rex Ryan's 3-4 scheme to Monte Kiffin's 4-3 under. Many have expressed angst about the change, but Ware said in April that he isn't concerned.

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