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DeMarcus Ware

34-Year-Old Linebacker – Denver Broncos

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Ware ended 2015 with the second-lowest sack total of his career, 7.5, in a career-low 11 games. Health will likely be the single biggest factor in whether Ware's third year in Denver is a productive o...

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2016 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  11

STATUS:  Inactive     INJURY:  Forearm      FRI PRACTICE:   DNP
HT: 6' 4"   WT: 258   DOB: 7/31/1982
College: Troy  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract


DeMarcus Ware Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2014.

September 23, 2016  –  DeMarcus Ware News

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Ware (forearm) won't play Sunday, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.

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DeMarcus Ware NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2008 25 16 - 84 - 20 - 0 0 - 1 - - - -
2009 26 16 - 57 - 11 - 0 0 - 0 - - - -
2010 27 Dal 16 66 56 10 15.5 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0
2011 28 Dal 16 58 48 10 19.5 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2012 29 Dal 16 56 33 23 11.5 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
2013 30 Dal 13 40 28 12 6 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2014 31 Den 16 41 34 7 10 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2015 32 Den 11 25 17 8 7.5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2016 33 Den 2 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

DeMarcus Ware – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Outside Linebacker
  1. DeMarcus Ware
  2. Shane Ray
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Snap Count Stats


Defensive Snaps in 2016

DeMarcus Ware was on the field for 45 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.


Special Teams Snaps in 2016

DeMarcus Ware was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 739 2
2015 399 14
2016 45 0
DeMarcus Ware 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 Car 32 0 3 2 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Ind 13 0 1 0 1 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Cin
4 @TB
5 Atl
6 @SD
7 Hou
8 SD
9 @Oak
10 @NO
11 BYE Bye Week
12 KC
13 @Jax
14 @Ten
15 NE
16 @KC
17 Oak

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for DeMarcus Ware
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 4"
Weight:   258 lbs
40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
Shuttle Time:   4.07 sec
Cone Drill:   6.85 sec
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   39 in
Broad Jump:   122 in
Bench Press:   27 reps
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DeMarcus Ware: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ware (forearm) is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to repair his fractured ulna, which could result in a 4-to-5 week absence, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

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Ware (forearm) is expected to miss at least three weeks after suffering a fractured ulna Sunday,'s Ian Rapoport reports.

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Ware suffered a fractured ulna in his right forearm during Sunday's victory against the Colts, The Denver Post reports. "Let me be careful here. I just know he has a fracture," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I think the questions are going to be, is it something he might be able to play with that you rest, or something that we go fix right away and he misses a period of time, then he goes back."

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Ware (elbow) will not return to Sunday's game, Mike Klis of NBC 9News reports.

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Ware suffered an elbow injury during the third quarter of Sunday's game and is questionable to return, Mike Klis of NBC 9News reports.

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Ware registered three tackles and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's win over Carolina.

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Head coach Gary Kubiak declared Ware (undisclosed) is fine, but will be playing under a snap count Week 1.

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After an injury-plagued season with the Cowboys in 2013, Ware joined the Broncos as a replacement to Elvis Dumervil to partner with young pass rusher Von Miller. Ware was solid, finishing with 10 sacks (the eighth time in his career he’s reached double-digits), though his days as a dominant pass rusher requiring multiple blockers are gone. The Broncos drafted defensive end Shane Ray in the first round of this year’s draft, and they will likely give Ware the responsibility of teaching Ray how to play in the NFL, before the latter eventually replaces the former.


Shaun Phillips made it to the 10-sack plateau just once in his six seasons prior to 2013, but he managed to get there a second time during his lone season with the Broncos last year. Ware heads into Denver in a similar situation, except he reached double-digit sack territory in five of the last six years. He probably would have made it a year ago, too, if not for lingering elbow and quadriceps ailments. Ware was an All-Decade talent in his prime, so even at age 32 he should perform well above the average, especially with offensive lines worried about Von Miller and Terrance Knighton. So long as he's healthy, it's hard to see why Ware shouldn't at least match Phillips' production. He's always been the much better player.


The Cowboys are abandoning the 3-4 in favor of Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 alignment, and the resulting position switch makes the IDP values of Ware and fellow linebacker-turned-end Anthony Spencer skyrocket. No longer left to compete with players who routinely pile up 100 or more tackles, Ware should be one of the first IDPs picked in any format, even with a potential drop in tackles. He battled his way through elbow and shoulder injuries in 2012, both of which required offseason surgery, and still racked up 11.5 sacks despite playing at far less than 100 percent. Kiffin's 4-3 places a high emphasis on disrupting with speed and quickness, and the decreased emphasis on containment could allow Ware to get back into the 20-sack range. Kiffin once made Simeon Rice an annual contender for the league sack title, and Ware is a better player than Rice ever was.


With 99.5 sacks in just seven years, it goes without saying that Ware’s value gets a big boost in leagues that disproportionately value sack production. Even in leagues that don’t Ware’s consistently elite sack numbers keep him more relevant than other 3-4 outside linebackers, and back-to-back 84-tackle seasons in 2007 and 2008 give some hope for respectable tackle totals, too. Ware totaled 58 tackles (47 solo) and 19.5 sacks last year despite playing through a stinger, back spasms and a rib injury. You won’t find a more reliable pass rusher among 3-4 linebackers.


It says a lot about a player when 123 tackles (101 solo), 26.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles are considered down numbers over a two-year span. But there was a day when Ware totaled 168 tackles (129 solo), 34 sacks and 10 forced fumbles over the same time, so it’s easy to see why the expectations are so high. Perhaps new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan can get Ware back on the warpath, but his recent production still isn’t anything to complain about.


One of the league’s premiere pass-rushers, Ware racked up 11 sacks and 57 tackles in 2009 while playing through a litany of injuries (stress fracture in his foot, fractured wrist, strained neck, sore back) that would put most of us in the hospital. He should be back at full strength for the 2010 season — much to the chagrin of NFL quarterbacks. The last time Ware was healthy for a full season, he racked up 20 sacks and 84 tackles — even getting close to those numbers would make him an IDP star.


Ware finished the 2008 season just two-and-a-half Brett Favre lay-downs from tying Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record of 22.5 and has increased his sack output every year he’s been in the league, going from eight to 11.5 to 14 to 20 last year. The reason he doesn’t rate higher among IDP linebackers is tackles – 84 is a nice number for a defensive lineman, but a pedestrian total for a ‘backer. He’s often used like a defensive end, taking advantage of his excellent speed out of a two-point stance in pass-rushing situations. Move Ware up significantly if your league requires a defensive lineman, and Ware is listed as such.


Ware led all linebackers with 14 sacks in 2007. He also added four forced fumbles to his 84 tackles. One of the NFL's foremost sack threats, Ware increased his total from eight sacks as a rookie to 11.5 in 2006 to 14 last season. He also increased his tackles by 13 each season, though 84 is still low for a linebacker. That can be explained by the fact that head coach Wade Phillips employs a 3-4 format that often utilizes Ware as a pass-rushing linebacker. In many ways, Ware plays like a defensive end. He has great speed, although he is undersized at 251 pounds. Don't ignore Ware too long because he's a monster in the sack category and especially useful for a flex IDP position.


Ware led the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks and added 71 tackles, an INT, five defended passes and a TD in his second NFL season. Look for him to take his game to another level in Wade Phillips' version of the 3-4 defense, and for Ware to become a true IDP stud.


Had eight sacks and 58 tackles as a rookie, but has the talent, tools and drive to increase that sack total by 50% or more. A future IDP stud.


11th overall pick could be a very disruptive force in opposition backfields from a weakside LB/DE position in the 3-4 defense. Don't be surprised if he's among the NFL's sack leaders at season's end.