Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: DeMarcus Ware Ready To Get To The QB

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: DeMarcus Ware plans on getting to the QB on Monday night, Dez Bryant had an eye-opening experience against the Bears, and the tall Bears receivers present a unique challenge for the Cowboys.

Ware says he did moves in practice he hasn't done in a while: 'I got my strength back' - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
There's a good chance DeMarcus Ware is back to full health, and he plans on getting to the QB on Monday night.

"I’m glad I had this time off," he said. "I was doing a lot of the moves I usually don’t do. I was doing them in practice, feeling real confidence in it. I got my strength back, so I’m happy about that."

Asked if he can get to the quarterback Monday night, Ware said, "I got to. I got to get back on track."

Dez Bryant: Mistakes made during last year’s loss to Chicago were a turning point in my career - Jon Machota, DMN
Bryant recounts that last year's 34-18 night loss served as a significant eye-opener for him.

"I had to get on top of my [stuff]," Bryant said Thursday. "That’s what I had to do. Obviously there were some things there that I needed to clean up, sharpen up on my end."

"That’s when all that trust issue stuff, that’s when it played a big factor," Bryant said. "Tony needed to believe in me and I needed to do my job right so he could do that. From there, not that I never took my job seriously, but I took it, I paid more attention during meetings, asked more questions."

Numbers show Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has made major strides since 2012 gaffe against Chicago - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin breaks down Bryant's numbers from before and after the Bears game (Before: 30 games, 121 receptions, 1,653 yards, 15 touchdowns. After: 24 games, 139 receptions, 2,009 yards, and 21 touchdowns), and concludes that Bryant has made major strides since that game.

Monte Kiffin says Cowboys facing basketball players - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
The Bears have one of the tallest receiver units in the NFL, and that presents a unique challenge for the Cowboys.

"They're something else," Kiffin said. "It's like a NBA team getting off the bus, good gosh, all power forwards. You know they can run and jump, and I'm sure they’ve all played basketball somewhere down the line. They're really good athletes and they really do get it to them, and the quarterbacks do a great job, it doesn’t matter who's in there. They put the ball up without a doubt, a heck of a group of receivers."

Brandon Marshall on facing Brandon Carr: ‘I absolutely hate the matchup’ - Brandon George, DMN
Marshall said yesterday that he's not looking forward to playing Brandon Carr.

"I don’t like playing against Brandon Carr," Marshall said. "He presents a lot of tough challenges throughout a game. You’ll notice he changes up his game when he plays against bigger receivers. He’s strong. He’s physical. He plays that way against guys like myself. I absolutely hate the matchup. It’s like playing chess out there with him. Every single play is a battle. He just makes you work so hard."

Broaddus: Escobar May Be Due For Success Against Bears - DallasCowboys.com
Broaddus believes that the with the inclement weather conditions in Chicago, the tight ends are going to "play a huge role in the outcome of this game." Escobar specifically could be the key, as Broaddus thinks his play making ability, and his ability to find space in the zone, will help the Cowboys move the sticks.

Cowboys Injury Update & Practice Report: Welcome Back, Sean Lee! - Blogging The Boys
Cowboys fans had much to be thankful for as the leader on defense returned to the practice field. Justin Durant also returned to practice while Morris Claiborne and Dwayne Harris did not practice. New fullback Tyler Clutts attended his first practice on Thursday.

Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs Ruled Out Of Monday Night Game - Blogging The Boys
The Chicago Bears were hoping to get a couple of their best players back for Monday, but it's not to be.

Dwayne Harris unsure if he’ll be able to return Monday night - David Moore, DMN
Harris said it's too early to know with any certainty what his status for Monday night will be and said he'd be questionable for the game.

"I don’t want to get out there against Chicago, pull my hammy again then be out for the rest of the season," Harris said. "If I can go, I’ll go. If not, I’ll be back for Green Bay. It’s definitely a little sore. But I’m running, so that’s a good thing."

Cowboys' strength coach keeps Garrett in line, or rather behind it - Keith Whitmire, FSSouthwest
Turns out that one of the tasks for Mike Woicik during the game is to make sure that Garrett doesn't wander out onto the field during the game. Garrett even calls him the "get back" coach. Mike Tomlin cleary doesn't have such a guy.

Cowboys to be patient with return of DE Edgar Jones - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Cowboys defensive end Edgar Jones was placed on the short-term IR list after undergoing sports hernia surgery, and while the Cowboys could activate him this week, Archer writes that they'll wait at least until next week.

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