DeMarcus Lawrence Injury: Updates on Cowboys Rookie's Recovery from Foot Surgery

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during Dallas Cowboy's training camp, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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Updates from Saturday, Nov. 1

The Dallas Cowboys provide an update on DeMarcus Lawrence's status:


Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 21

Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News has an update on Lawrence:

All signs point to rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence making his debut on Nov. 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. Lawrence, who fractured his right foot in training camp, returned to practice last week.

Marinelli said the second round pick looked “quick and explosive.”

“Lawrence had everybody frothing at the mouth a little bit out there last week,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “He has really improved his body during this time off. He’s used it to really have a lot of strength work. It’s something that he didn’t do as much [in college] as he’s doing now. He’s had quite a physical improvement.”


Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 15 

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer provides an update on DeMarcus Lawrence's return:

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is "beyond excited" to return to practice for the first time since breaking right foot in training camp on Wednesday.

"I'm going to have a lot to work on getting back out there, but I feel like this has been a loooong time coming," Lawrence said. "Just get back out there, work on my fundamentals and my technique and hopefully I'll get back to normal real soon.


Updates from Monday, Oct. 13

ESPN's Todd Archer has the latest on Lawrence's status:

Rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be on the field for the first time since training camp when the Dallas Cowboys return to practice on Wednesday. 

Lawrence suffered the injury on July 29 while in one-on-one pass rush drills with Tyron Smith and had surgery a few days later. The Cowboys placed him on short-term injured reserve, which will keep him out for the first eight weeks of the season but he can start practice Wednesday. 

“He’s done really well,” coach Jason Garrett said of Lawrence’s rehab. “Worked hard, so we’re hopeful he can do some football stuff on Wednesday and get himself moving forward.” 


Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17

ESPN's Todd Archer has an update on Lawrence:

DeMarcus Lawrence is a month away from practicing and six weeks from being eligible to play in a game, but the Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end received some good news on Monday.

Lawrence had his surgically-repaired right foot examined by doctors and was told "everything's on track with my recovery."


"We're waiting a little bit more for it to heal better for that," Lawrence said of running.

The time off will not only help Lawrence heal, but he sees a benefit to learning by watching as a rookie.

"It's hard because I want to be out there with the team, but other than that it's just a process," Lawrence said. "Go week by week just in the playbook and in the film room just trying to get my mindset right so when I do return everything is going to be what I expect it to be."


Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16

Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News has the latest on Lawrence's recovery:


Original Text

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys announced Tuesday that they had placed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on their revocable injured reserve as he continues to recover from a foot injury suffered during training camp.    

In conjunction with Lawrence's departure from the active roster, the Cowboys have also signed former Raiders defensive end Jack Crawford:

According to NFL rules, Lawrence will not be able to practice for the first six weeks of the 2014 season and cannot play for the first eight weeks. He will be eligible to return beginning with the Cowboys' Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

A second-round pick (No. 34 overall) out of Boise State, Lawrence suffered a broken right foot in July while trying to beat offensive tackle Tyron Smith in a pass-rushing drill. He had a screw surgically placed in his foot within days of the injury, and recovery was expected to be between eight and 10 weeks. Assuming there are no setbacks in his recovery, Lawrence should be able to start practicing with the team when the rules dictate he's allowed.

Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“It feels great,” Lawrence told reporters last month. “Surgery went well, I’m glad it happened now than later. Just going on a day-to-day basis with the treatment and getting that done so we can get back on the field.” 

Even with the optimism, the Cowboys seem to already be putting contingency plans in place. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the team will host rookie defensive end Michael Sam for a physical Wednesday with designs on adding him to the practice squad. Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams as part of their 53-man roster cuts and would likely add organizational depth to a weakened Dallas front seven.

Lawrence made 20 career sacks at Boise State, boasting a combination of size and speed the Cowboys desperately need on their team. Dallas cut pass-rushing stalwart DeMarcus Ware during the offseason for salary-cap purposes, and the seven-time Pro Bowler signed in Denver.

With the Cowboys unable to improve their team in free agency due to their onerous cap sheet and already boasting one of the league's worst defenses—Football Outsiders' weighted DVOA ranked them last in 2013—they need low-cost, high-reward players like Lawrence to come through. Tuesday's move confirms that even if Lawrence does excel as a rookie, it won't be until the season's midpoint.


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