ENGLEWOOD—Denver Broncos’ pass rusher DeMarcus Ware will have surgery Tuesday to repair the fracture in his right forearm.
The surgery is to insert a plate on his fractured ulna to help the healing process so Ware can return in four to five weeks, Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said in his weekly day-after-game press conference Monday.
“Let us go get this thing taken care of and we’ll probably have a better answer,’’ Kubiak said. “Obviously we know we’re going to get him back so that’s very encouraging.’’
Kubiak also said starting right tackle Donald Stephenson would not play this Sunday at Cincinnati because of a strained left calf. There is hope right tackle-right guard Ty Sambrailo, who has been out since Game 3 of last season because of a variety of injuries, can return and play this week.
Tight end Virgil Green has a chance to recover from his strained left calf in time to play against the Bengals in Cincinnati.
When Ware returns, he will play with a padded, carbon-fiber type cast on his right arm. According to 9NEWS NFL analyst and former star linebacker Chad Brown, several players have previously played with fractured ulnas. Some of those players who returned to play with the casts were former New England players Mike Vrabel, Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison.
It’s the second consecutive season Ware got off to a fast start only to be halted by injury. He had 2.0 sacks through the first 1 ½ games this season. He suffered the injury Sunday at the 14:00 mark of the third quarter when he collided with fellow pass rusher Von Miller while pass rushing Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck.
Last season, Ware had 4.5 sacks through the Broncos’ first four games, the aggravated an old bulging disc injury early in game 5 at Oakland. He only had 3 more sacks the rest of the season, but he came on for 3.5 sacks in the Broncos’ three postseason games.
Ware, 34, is currently 10th on the NFL’s all-time sack list with 136.5 and is just 5 sacks away from Michael Strahan, who ranks fifth.
The Broncos had planned to minimize Ware’s playing time to obvious passing downs this year. He played in 36 snaps in the season opener against Carolina when he got 1 ½ sacks against Cam Newton.
He and Miller combined for a sack against Luck late in the first half Sunday before Ware suffered his injury on his 13th snap early in the second half.
With Ware down, Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett will get more defensive snaps at the right outside linebacker position, as could veteran Dekoda Watson. For added depth, the Broncos could also consider promoting Vontarrius Dora from the practice squad. Ray returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown Sunday to clinch the Broncos’ 34-20 win against the Colts. Neither Ray or Barrett have a sack this year. They combined 9.5 sacks last year.
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