Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has been sidelined all offseason with a back injury, but his health is nearing 100 percent and he is eager to play. Head Coach Gary Kubiak believes Ware is on track to be ready to play in the season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
"He came out and did the entire individual and the entire walk through. Then he went with [Strength and Conditioning Coach] Luke [Richesson] for about 20 minutes and worked even harder, and then came back and watched the end with us. DeMarcus is doing well," said Kubiak. "He’s right on schedule to get to Carolina, which is where we’re trying to go. You’ll see him do a little more each day."
The Broncos are loaded at the outside linebacker position with Von Miller, Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett, but Ware's leadership qualities and his presence on the field, even if it is in a reserve role for the team will be a major boon for them in 2016. Ware spoke about returning to the field for the first time yesterday.
"It feels good. Someone once told me that looks can be deceiving, but until actions, comes progress. The progress is now. I’m out here practicing a little bit," stated Ware. "It felt good and I got a good workout in there with the [Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Richesson] strength guy. I’ll progress each day be able to get back on the field full time."
As to where Ware says he is in regard to his recovery, he picked an interesting number to state where his overall health is at this point and says he feels a lot better now than he did at the end of last year.
"I feel better than I did at the end of last season. I probably was playing at 70 percent in the Super Bowl, just trying to be a little effective," declared Ware. "Now, I feel like I’m 94 percent and I really feel like I can go out there and play a little bit."
Last but not least, Ware discussed his mindset at this point in his career and how it aligns with the overall mentality of the team as they approach the advent of the regular season. Most of all, he and the rest of the team are looking forward to the upcoming campaign.
"I think a competitor is a competitor. I approach it each and every year like that. Someone asked me, ‘Since you won the Super Bowl, is everybody going to be after you?’ I said you have to flip it around. We’ve always been the chaser. That’s the type of team we are," remarked Ware.
"We always feel like we’re behind the curve. That’s why we’re always chasing the prey and doing better. That’s what this team is about, competition and trying to be the best. That’s how I’ve lived my career and the team is doing the same thing. We’re looking forward to what’s to come this year."
Most certainly, Broncos fans are looking forward to the future Hall of Fame outside linebacker having an impact for the teams' defense in 2016. Welcome back to the gridiron, DeMarcus!
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