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Originally published Monday, October 14, 2013 at 7:41 PM

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2 Dallas Cowboys starters might miss games because of injuries

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who is in his ninth NFL season, might miss a game for the first time in his pro career.


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IRVING, Texas – Defensive end DeMarcus Ware might miss a game for the first time in his NFL career.

DeMarco Murray isn’t saying whether he is about to have a third straight season interrupted by injury.

The standout pass rusher and starting running back for the Dallas Cowboys both were injured in Sunday’s 31-16 victory over Washington.

Ware suffered a strained right-quadriceps muscle in the first quarter. Murray exited in the second quarter with a sprained left knee.

Their health is likely to go a long way toward determining whether the Cowboys end a three-year playoff drought.

It won’t help that the first game after the injuries is Sunday in Philadelphia. The Cowboys and Eagles are tied for the NFC East lead at 3-3.

The update from Dallas coach Jason Garrett was the same as it seemingly is every week with every player — Ware and Murray will be evaluated daily, and there is no timetable.

Ware has played through injuries before — mostly involving his neck — which is why he has appeared in all 134 games, with 133 starts, as he approaches the halfway point of his ninth season. But he called himself doubtful and said he wouldn’t have played if the game were Monday.

“It is different because I go out there this time, I wouldn’t be 100 percent,” said Ware, the franchise sacks leader with 115.

“If I tried to go out there right now ... there wouldn’t be a point of it. I wouldn’t be able to get off the ball like I should.”

Murray declined to talk to reporters in the locker room.

If he can’t go against the Eagles, it will be the 10th game he has missed since his rookie season in 2011.

Miller returns to Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – No apologies. No promises. No explanations.

Instead, Broncos linebacker Von Miller simply asked fans, teammates and coaches to judge him on what he does in the future, now that his six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy is over.

“I definitely made mistakes in the past,” All-Pro Miller said Monday during his first mass interview since his suspension officially came down. “It won’t do anybody any good to go back and defend that stuff. I’ve already served my suspension. I’m working hard to gain everybody’s trust back.”

He fell short of a promise he made in July, when news of his pending suspension first surfaced, that “when this is all done and resolved, I will sit down with all you guys and be candid about everything.”

Instead, during a nine-minute session heavy on scripted talking points, Miller discussed how grateful he was for the support teammates have shown him and how happy he will be to get back on the practice field with the Broncos (6-0) on Wednesday.

Miller, 24, didn’t vow he would avoid problems in the future.

“I can’t sit here and say this is never going to happen or I’m never going to do this,” Miller said. “I’d be lying. I’ve just got to take it one day at a time and gain everybody’s trust back.”

QB Flynn signs with Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Matt Flynn is getting his latest chance at a fresh start, this time in Buffalo on a team that has spent the past week scrambling to improve its injury-depleted quarterback position.

A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn signed with the Bills after spending the morning working out for general manager Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff. Flynn, 28, is on his third team since March; the Raiders acquired him in a trade with the Seahawks.

Despite Flynn’s addition, Marrone intends to stick with Thad Lewis as his starter Sunday, when Buffalo (2-4) travels to play Miami (3-2).

Injury report

Player, positionTeam InjuryPrognosis
Desmond Bishop, LBVikingsKnee Out for season
Mike Goodson, RBJetsKneeOut for season
Bryan Kehl, LBWashingtonKneeOut for season
Randall Cobb, WRPackersLegOut multiple weeks
Nick Perry, LBPackersFootOut multiple weeks
DeMarcus Ware, DECowboysLegDoubtful for Sunday
DeMarco Murray, RBCowboysKneeDoubtful for Sunday
Orlando Franklin, TBroncosKnee, ankleDoubtful for Sunday
Matt Schaub, QBTexansLegUncertain


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