Ware announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
Ware hangs up his cleats as the league's eighth all-time leader in sacks (138.5). The 34-year-old spent his final three seasons in Denver, where he won last year's Super Bowl, but he'll be most remembered for the wildly successful start to his career in Dallas. The 11th overall pick out of Troy in 2005, Ware registered at least 11 sacks in seven of his nine seasons with the Cowboys, including a whopping 20 in 2008, when he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Overall, Ware was selected to nine Pro Bowls across his 12-year career, which is likely to be capped off by him being inducted into the Hall of Fame before long.
Ware played just 10 games this season due to forearm and back injuries, resulting in career lows in tackles (15) and sacks (4.0), and he's slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. At 34 years old, Ware is looking forward to his 13th NFL season, which he wants to take place in Denver. According to Ware, new Broncos coach Vance Joseph has given him promising indications regarding his future with the team, but it still remains to be seen whether general manager John Elway will re-sign him knowing that Denver already boasts Von Miller, Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett at outside linebacker. Although Ware is also coming off surgery to repair a ruptured disk in his back, the fact that he expects to be cleared for all activities in two weeks bodes well for him being ready ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Ware was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, officially ruling him out for Sunday's season finale against the Raiders. Look for more updates to come after his surgery. Ware, 34, finishes his 12th season with career lows in tackles and sacks, which may put his future with the team into question this offseason.
Ware (back) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.
Ware injured his back in Saturday's game against the Chiefs. The specifics of the injury are unclear but it was enough to keep him out of Week 17, and with the Broncos eliminated from the playoffs they had no reason to keep him on the roster if he couldn't play this week. He ends his 12th season with 15 tackles, including 4.0 sacks, in 10 games played, all career lows.
Head coach Gary Kubiak indicated Monday that he expects
Kubiak is hopeful that Ware can be on the field for roughly 50 plays per game following the bye week. The veteran returned to action in Week 8 after missing the previous five games with a forearm injury. They team has exercised caution with the 34-year-old thus far as he has worked his way back into the swing of things.
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