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Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence to Miss 8-10 Weeks

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Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys’ rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be out 8-10 weeks with a broken foot. The Cowboys drafted Lawrence in this years draft to provide some much needed assistance when it comes to rushing the quarterback.

Lawrence was injured in a pass rushing drill against left tackle Tyron Smith during Tuesday’s practice. Lawrence tried to utilize a speed move around the outside, but Smith followed and took the rookie to the ground. Lawrence’s foot was caught awkwardly underneath Smith and he stayed down for several minutes before limping to the sideline and being carted off the field.

The Cowboys were hoping that Lawrence would be a significant factor on their defense this year. Set to compete for the starting job with defensive end Jeremy Mincey, the Cowboys thought Lawrence could provide a boost which explains why the franchise moved up in the draft to take him.

“His attitude … you can’t discourage him,” owner Jerry Jones said this about Lawrence on Tuesday. “Physically, his hands, his quickness, his athletic ability, but basically the fact that he doesn’t get discouraged. Matter of fact, if he’s blocked, he’s that much more tenacious, and that may be the quality to have, other than athletic ability as a pressure player.”

With the release of DeMarcus Ware during this past offseason, the Cowboys were looking to bring in a new pass rusher to help improve what could only be described as a meager output by the defense last season, earning only 34 sacks for 25th in the NFL.

With Ware no longer having the Cowboys’ star on his helmet, the most productive pass rusher on the team is former Chicago Bear Henry Melton. Coming off a torn ACL Melton has only 15.5 career sack, still enough to be the teams current career sack leader.

 

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