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Cowboys OLB Ware will play with shoulder brace

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When Dallas plays the Washington Redskins on Sunday for the NFC East championship, one of the Cowboys' key performers will be limited.

Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware plans to play with a brace on his injured right shoulder. He hopes the harness will prevent his shoulder from popping out again.

Ware, who also has a hyperextended elbow, has sat out practice all week.

"We're going to have to watch how many plays we give him," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "Pick our spots and play our other players.

"We've got good payers here so we're going to play them. There's only one DeMarcus Ware. There's only one Sean Lee, but we've had to function without Sean. Now, sometimes we've had to function without DeMarcus. I mean, these are two of the premier guys in football. Nobody's got them except us, but we're fortunate to have them, and when we don't, we have to move on. We'll do the best we can. I know DeMarcus will play his heart out when he's out there, and we'll just see how much he's able to give us."

Lee, an inside linebacker, underwent season-ending surgery in October to repair torn ligaments in his right big toe.

The Cowboys (8-7) can only make the playoffs with a win Sunday. Washington (9-6) would make the playoffs with a win or a tie, or if both the Chicago Bears (9-6) and Minnesota Vikings (9-6) lose their regular-season finales.
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