DENVER — Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware fractured his right forearm and the team will try to determine Monday what that injury will mean to his 2016 season.
Ware suffered a fracture to his ulna bone — the smaller bone of the forearm that is on the side of the arm opposite of the thumb — early in the second quarter of Sunday’s 34-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Broncos will send Ware for additional exams to see if surgery will be necessary to repair the fracture.
“We have to see in the morning, actually, what the case is going to be,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. “If it’s something he can play with or if it’s something that has to be fixed.”
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Ware was cradling his arm as he walked to the sideline with just under 14 minutes to play in the third quarter and was taken to the locker room.
Ware went without a tackle Sunday but was credited with an assist and a half-sack, which tied him with Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers for 11th all-time in sacks. Their 136 career sacks lead active players.
Ware missed much of the team’s offseason program, all of training camp and did not play in any of the Broncos’ four preseason games because of back troubles. The Broncos made that move to try and get him to the regular season and planned to regulate his snap count during games to try to keep him healthy.
He missed five games last season with similar back troubles before returning to play well down the stretch and into the postseason. In the season opener against the Carolina Panthers Ware had 1.5 sacks and played 32 of the defense’s snaps against the Panthers.
“I feel like D-Ware, he’s battled some injuries,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. “He’ll be right back though, that’s just the type of pro that he is, he’ll be able to fight through it.”
This year league rules do allow a player who is moved to injured reserve to return to the roster during the season. So, if the Broncos do decide Ware needs surgery, or time to heal without surgery, he could be placed on injured reserve and be returned to the roster before the season is out.