PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
5 days ago

Ware (undisclosed) practiced in half-speed team drills Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9news reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Broncos looked like their old selves Wednesday with the returns of both Aqib Talib and Ware. While the quarterback dilemma is likely to linger on all season long, having Ware back on the field is a huge boost, regardless of form. In just 11 games last season, the 34-year-old registered 7.5 sacks to compliment 25 combined tackles. Ware is an unquestionable leader of Denver's defense, and the mere sight of him on the practice field is likely to lift team spirits.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
6 days ago

Ware (undisclosed) has been removed from the non-football injury list and will practice on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

It was initially announced that Ware would return to practice next week, but it seems the team decided to bring him back a bit sooner. The veteran linebacker has been medically cleared to play for a few weeks now, but the team has been keeping him out to allow him to rest so that he's fresh for the regular season. At this point he isn't expected to play in Denver's final two preseason games, allowing Shane Ray to continue to see snaps with the starting unit.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
1 week ago

Ware (undisclosed) will return to practice next week, KUSA reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ware was held out of the entirety of the Broncos' training camp even though he had already been medically cleared from the beginning of August. Coupled with how the team is not expected to deploy Ware for either of Denver's final two preseason games, it appears the Broncos are simply trying to keep the 12-year NFL veteran as fresh as possible entering the regular season.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
2 weeks ago

Head coach Gary Kubiak indicated Tuesday that Ware (undisclosed) is expected to return to practice in "four or five days", Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

It is unclear what type of issue Ware is dealing with, but it seems likely he's just receiving some veteran time off to keep him rested for the regular season. The veteran linebacker played in 11 games for the Broncos last season, and posted 7.5 sacks in the process.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
2 weeks ago

Ware (back) will not play in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Bears, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ware was medically cleared from a back injury at the start of August, but the Broncos are remaining cautious with their 34-year-old linebacker and will continue to keep him sidelined. Ware missed five games during his 2015 campaign, but with extended time off throughout the offseason and into the preseason, the Broncos are hoping to have him ready for Week 1. He could return to the practice field in the next couple of weeks.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
3 weeks ago

Ware is unlikely to practice next week, 9news.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team still hopes for Ware to be ready by the season opener. Ware's injury-stifled 2015 season, during which he missed five games, should serve as a bridge to the superstar he was in Dallas and the player he will likely be in 2016. While still an incredibly skilled pass rusher, Ware's back no longer makes him an every-down player. His talent in spurts gives the team incentive to play Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray opposite Von Miller - preserving Ware for optimal pass-rushing downs.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
1 month ago

Ware (back) should be medically cleared Friday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Even after he is cleared, Ware may wait a few weeks before he starts working out with the team. Given that he's about to turn 34 and is coming off an injury-plagued season, the cautious approach comes as no surprise. Speaking earlier this summer, Broncos GM John Elway admitted that Ware's lingering back injury is a concern. 2015 first-round selection Shane Ray could take on a larger role if Ware is absent/limited during the regular season.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
1 month ago

Ware (back) will start training camp on the non-football injury list, Jeff Legwold of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ware missed five games in 2015 due to back issues but he was able to play through the injury in the final four games of the regular season and throughout the playoffs. The team expressed concern back in June that the injury was still lingering, but it doesn't seem as though it will prevent him from playing once the regular season rolls around.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
3 months ago3 Comments

Broncos GM John Elway admitted that Ware's lingering back injury is a concern, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ware's back injury cost him five games last season, but he ultimately returned for the final four weeks, then had 3.5 sacks in three playoff appearances. He remains highly effective when healthy, but it sounds as if this injury might be a nagging issue for the rest of his career, or at least for the 2016 season. The Broncos do have 2015 first-round selection Shane Ray, a defensive end/outside linebacker who had four sacks while playing limited snaps as a rookie.

PDeMarcus Ware
LB DEN (11)
3 months ago

Ware (back) did not participate in practice on Tuesday, the team's official site reports

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Gary Kubiak reported that the decision to sit Ware was precautionary. With Ware out and Von Miller away while his contract is negotiated, Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray saw extended reps. Expect both Barrett and Ray to see plenty of time in Ware's stead this season as the veteran is used more as a situational pass rusher to maximize his impact.