Ware (undisclosed) has been removed from the non-football injury list and will practice Tuesday.
It was initially announced that Ware would return to practice next week, but it seems the team decided to bring him back a bit sooner. The veteran linebacker has been medically cleared to play for a few weeks now, but the team has been keeping him out to allow him to rest so that he's fresh for the regular season. At this point, he isn't expected to play in Denver's final two preseason games, allowing Shane Ray to continue to see snaps with the starting unit.
Ware was held out of the entirety of the
Head coach Gary Kubiak indicated Tuesday that
It is unclear what type of issue Ware is dealing with, but it seems likely he's just receiving some veteran time off to keep him rested for the regular season. The veteran linebacker played in 11 games for the
Ware (back) will not play in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Bears, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com reports.
Ware was medically cleared from a back injury at the start of August, but the Broncos are remaining cautious with their 34-year-old linebacker and will continue to keep him sidelined. Ware missed five games during his 2015 campaign, but with extended time off throughout the offseason and into the preseason, the Broncos are hoping to have him ready for Week 1. He could return to the practice field in the next couple of weeks.
Ware is unlikely to practice next week, 9news.com reports.
The team still hopes for Ware to be ready by the season opener. Ware's injury-stifled 2015 season, during which he missed five games, should serve as a bridge to the superstar he was in Dallas and the player he will likely be in 2016. While still an incredibly skilled pass rusher, Ware's back no longer makes him an every-down player. His talent in spurts gives the team incentive to play Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray opposite Von Miller - preserving Ware for optimal pass-rushing downs.
|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|
|13||12/4/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/11/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/16||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
Men's Nike White Denver Broncos Historic Tri-Blend Three-Quarter Sleeve Raglan T-Shirt Shop Now!