Ware (back) will start training camp on the non-football injury list, Jeff Legwold of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Ware missed five games in 2015 due to back issues but he was able to play through the injury in the final four games of the regular season and throughout the playoffs. The team expressed concern back in June that the injury was still lingering, but it doesn't seem as though it will prevent him from playing once the regular season rolls around.
Ware's back injury cost him five games last season, but he ultimately returned for the final four weeks, then had 3.5 sacks in three playoff appearances. He remains highly effective when healthy, but it sounds as if this injury might be a nagging issue for the rest of his career, or at least for the 2016 season. The Broncos do have 2015 first-round selection Shane Ray, a defensive end/outside linebacker who had four sacks while playing limited snaps as a rookie.
Ware (back) did not participate in practice on Tuesday, the team's official site reports
Head coach Gary Kubiak reported that the decision to sit Ware was precautionary. With Ware out and Von Miller away while his contract is negotiated, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray saw extended reps. Expect both Barrett and Ray to see plenty of time in Ware's stead this season as the veteran is used more as a situational pass rusher to maximize his impact.
DeMarcus Ware agreed to a base salary reduction of his contract on Saturday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Ware will go from a $7 million salary and a $3 million roster bonus due Sunday to a $2 million base with the chance to make up to $10 million through incentives, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 33-year-old is expected to be used as a situational pass rusher next season, which didn't provide enough value to justify the largest cap hit on the defense.
DeMarcus Ware totaled 25 tackes, 7.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2015. He followed up with 10 tackles and 3.5 sacks in the playoffs.
Back issues hampered Ware during two stretches in the regular season, limiting him to 11 games. He showed in the playoffs, however, that he can still be a top-level edge rusher when healthy. Ware's 2016 cap number of $11.7 million has the potential of being Denver's second largest behind Demaryius Thomas, making him a possible candidate for restructuring. No matter how much he makes in 2016, Ware will likely be used more situationally, keeping him fresh in key moments and allowing young studs such as Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray opportunities to grow.
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|P4||9/1/16||@ ARI||9:30 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|6||10/13/16||@ SD||8:25 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
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|14||12/11/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/16||@ KC||8:30 pm|
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