- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has won the first Defensive Player of the Month honor of his 11-year career.

The eight-time Pro Bowler earned the AFC’s monthly honor after helping lead the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense with 3 1-2 sacks in three games in September.

He’s the only player in the league with a sack in each of his team’s first three games.

Ware also leads the league with 11 quarterback hits and added 10 tackles in helping the Broncos to a 3-0 start.

Ware has benefited from defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defensive scheme in which he doesn’t have to square off against tackles all the time like he did in the 4-3 alignment.

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