For first time in career, Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware won't play

DeMarcus Ware won't play for the first time in his career. (USATSI)
DeMarcus Ware won't play for the first time in his career. (USATSI)

After straining his hamstring last week, it was thought that Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware would miss the next four weeks as he rehabbed. And though he hinted this week that he wouldn't be out nearly that long and that he could, possibly, suit up Sunday because he's a quick healer, Ware officially is inactive for the first time.

Running back DeMarco Murray, who sprained his knee last week, also is out.

For Ware, though, this is a historic moment, because since he entered the NFL in 2005, he has never missed a game.

That's 134 straight appearances, and just like Atlanta's Roddy White, he won't dress out for the first time in his career. Instead, Kyle Wilber likely will get the vast majority of Ware's playing time.

"Last week, when I went down, Wilber went in there and made a big play on a really great tackle," Ware said this week. "I know that he can get out there and play, me just showing him a lot of things, his confidence level has boosted through the roof. You've got to let him keep playing that way, and I know he can get the job done."

In six games this season, Ware has recorded four sacks for a Cowboys defense ranked 30th in the NFL. Without Ware in the lineup, Dallas' task in stopping the Eagles offense only grows tougher.

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