LANDOVER, Md. -- DeMarcus Ware is playing. He said he would, in spite of shoulder and elbow injuries that are likely to limit him, but it's now official that the Dallas Cowboys will have their Pro Bowl pass-rusher for tonight's NFC East title game against the Washington Redskins.
Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff is out, as expected. He has not played since Week 11 and is recovering from sports hernia surgery. The Cowboys also deactivated running back Phillip Tanner so they could carry an extra linebacker -- Kyle Wilber -- for the game. That could indicate that Ware is not expected to be on the field for every snap due to his injuries.
For the Redskins, right tackle Tyler Polumbus returns to action after missing last week's game due to a concussion. He's active and expected to start. Safety DeJon Gomes is inactive due to a knee injury, further depleting a Redskins' secondary that is already missing injured safety Brandon Meriweather and suspended cornerback Cedric Griffin.
The Redskins also are listing all three of their quarterbacks -- Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman -- as active for this game. It's the first time all year they've carried three active quarterbacks. The only other game for which Grossman was active this year was the Week 15 game in Cleveland in which Griffin was inactive and Cousins got the start. I don't think that means anything about the health of Griffin's knee. I think it's more likely just a precaution given the importance of the game. And with Gomes inactive, they had the spot to burn.
I'm here all night at FedEx Field and will be chatting live during the game if you want to come and join. Should be a good one.
Here's the full list of inactives for the game:
S DeJon Gomes
LB Vic So’oto
RB Phillip Tanner
C/G Kevin Kowalski
DT Robert Callaway
DT Jay Ratliff