DeMarcus Ware has the Ravens on high alert.
They're in such awe of Sunday's opponent, the linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys, that it's a wonder if they truly believe they can stop him.
In an unattractive 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs last week, the Ravens allowed four sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco. They allowed him to be sacked four times against the winless Cleveland Browns, too.
Ware has five sacks, tied for eighth in the NFL, for a team ranked fourth in overall defense.
"He's a game-wrecker. He's a tremendous pass rusher," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's very physical against the run. He just does everything well. He's got a great first step but he finishes really well, too. So there's really nothing that he can't do well."
Ravens guard Marshal Yanda compared Ware to teammate Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list while recovering from an Achilles tear.
"He's a force out there. He does a really good job in the run and the pass. He's like their Terrell Suggs," Yanda said. "He's got a bull rush, he's got speed, he's got the inside move."
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis became friends with Ware a few years ago. They call and text one another frequently.
"We're probably closer friends than anything else. I've got real love for him as a man," Lewis said. "The way he plays the game is the way the game should be played. I've always been a fan of D-Ware for a long time."
Flacco was more tempered when addressing the threat that Ware poses. After all, the Ravens just faced linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston of the Chiefs who have pass rushing ability that gave them fits.
"We've played some pretty good defenses, and these guys are just another one," Flacco said. "It seems like every week we are playing a top-five defense. They have a good pass rush and can disrupt the pocket a little bit here and there. We have to make sure we handle all of those things."
Nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle), who has yet to play this season for Dallas, fully participated in practice Wednesday. Linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder), however, did not.