DeMarcus Ware not battling Julius Peppers

September, 26, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – Since 2005, DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers have been two of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

Ware leads the NFL with 103.5 sacks in that span. Peppers is fourth with 72.5 sacks.

On Monday they will play against each other for the fifth time in their careers. Ware recorded five sacks against Carolina when Peppers was a Panther. Peppers has three sacks in that span but has not recorded one in his last three meetings against Dallas.

But Ware does not get into the one-on-one matchup with a guy he will not play against directly.

“I just go out there and play and do what I need to do,” Ware said. “You start measuring yourself against somebody else, you can’t look at that. You’ve got to figure out what you can do for your team and don’t worry about anything else.”

That doesn’t mean Ware doesn’t study Peppers.

“I look to see what he does against certain guys that are effective,” Ware said. “He’s a great player. He’s a big impact player, so you try to emulate some of your moves off of what he’s been doing. If it’s been productive, then you know he’s doing something right.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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