FOXBOROUGH, MA (AP)  The Patriots offensive line struggled to keep Tom Brady upright in its last game. Fixing that could be a tough job in the next one.

New England plays Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys and pass-rushing star DeMarcus Ware on the same field where the New York Jets sacked Brady four times. The Patriots still won, 30-21 last Sunday.

But every hit the NFL’s reigning MVP takes could threaten his health and the team’s welfare.

And Ware, who already has five sacks in four games, is the defender most likely to smack him.

The Cowboys’ first-round draft pick in 2005 had 80 sacks entering this season. He’s officially a linebacker but moves all over the field and can rush the passer from any spot.

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