Updates from Wednesday, July 30
Clarence Hill of The Star Telegram reported on DeMarcus Lawrence's timetable for recovery:
Per Stephen Jones, DeMarcus Lawrence will have surgery on his fractured foot on Thurs. 8 wks is the optimistic short end for recovery time— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) July 30, 2014
Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News and NFL Around the League updated fans on the latest surrounding Lawrence's injury:
DE DeMarcus Lawrence grabbed his right ankle after going down trying to get around Tyron Smith in 1-on-1 drill. Helped off by trainer.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 30, 2014
DeMarcus Lawrence carted off field for Cowboys. Appears to be a right foot or ankle injury.— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) July 30, 2014
George eventually confirmed the worst:
Dallas Cowboys rookie DE DeMarcus Lawrence has a fractured right foot. He'll miss the next two to three months. Could be out half the season— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 30, 2014
ESPN's Todd Archer has more on the injury:
DeMarcus Lawrence will need surgery for his foot to repair break.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 30, 2014
Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning-News has Tyron Smith's take on what happened:
Tyron Smith on the play that injured DeMarcus Lawrence's foot: "Just as I was pushing him, his ankle got caught up in the grass."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 30, 2014
George spoke with Jerry Jones about what the next step for Lawrence would be:
Jerry Jones said DE DeMarcus Lawrence getting his right ankle and top of his foot X-rayed.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) July 30, 2014
Nothing has been confirmed, but it doesn't sound good according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Cowboys fear DE DeMarcus Lawrence has a broken right foot.— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) July 30, 2014
While there is plenty of time before the actual season starts, the fact that Lawrence was helped by a trainer and carted off the field is an ominous sign when discussing the potential severity of this setback. This certainly isn’t something the rookie wanted to undergo before even stepping foot on an NFL field for an actual game.
The Cowboys selected Lawrence with the No. 34 overall pick in the draft and were hoping he could shore up their vulnerable defense. He was one of the best edge pass-rushers in all of college football at Boise State, and he has the versatility to play both inside and outside on the defensive line.
The Cowboys could use that type of production this season, so this will be interesting to keep an eye on. Stay tuned as updates develop.