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Lawrence Comments on Recovery
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Lawrence's Injuries Keeping Him from Reaching Full Potential
The third-year pass-rusher was limited to just nine games in 2016. He was able to recover from his first back surgery from January 2016, but he was suspended for the first four games of the year due to a failed drug test.
He managed to stay on the field until Week 14 before a back injury sidelined him for the remainder of the regular season.
After recording eight sacks and 55 tackles in a breakout sophomore campaign, the 24-year-old mustered only one sack and 11 tackles in 2016.
Lawrence did return for the divisional-round matchup against the Green Bay Packers and recorded three tackles in the loss.
The injuries and surgeries continue to pile up for Lawrence, who has already missed 16 games during his three-year career.
Dallas will be hoping that Lawrence can come back healthy in 2017, which is the final year of his rookie deal, and prove he can play the way he did in 2015.
But if injuries continue to plague him, it could be difficult for him to earn a long-term deal in the NFL.