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Thursday, September 26, 2013
DeMarcus Ware not worried about stingers

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- The good news for Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware is that the stinger he's experiencing isn't in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Ware, who is being limited in practices this week because of the stingers, said he's not concerned and compared the stingers to getting hit on your funny bone.

"I'm not worried about it at all," Ware said after Thursday's practice. "I go back out there and feel good."

Ware has encountered the numbness in his left shoulder the last two games, but each time it's come at the end of the game. After he gets the stinger, Ware comes off the field so the numbness can subside.

When Ware is on the field, he continues to be a force. He has a team-leading four sacks, which is tied for fourth in the NFL. But the funny thing about Ware is the total tackles he's compiled. Ware has been credited by the Cowboys' coaches with having just three tackles on the season.

Ware said that when he got his first tackle of the season in last week's game at Kansas City, Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden approached him on the sidelines and praised him for it.

Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has a strict grading system when it comes to tackles. The Cowboys linebackers -- Sean Lee, Justin Durant and Bruce Carter -- have combined for 63 tackles this season based on Marinelli's system.

"That's crazy," Ware said of having more sacks than tackles. "I got my first tackle last game, and Nick came up to me and said, 'D-Ware, you just got your first tackle!' You average six or seven tackles a game [in past seasons]. It's different now because you got those big boys back there getting those tackles now. You get bigger plays, more tackles for a loss [Ware has one]; you get tackles for loss, and that's big, and you're getting pressure [team-leading 11] on the quarterback, and you get them into third-and-longs or second-and-longs. You got to take it for what it's worth."