Before training camp started last week for the Dallas Cowboys, rookie defensive end Demarcus Lawrence stated that he was going to have over 10 sacks during his first season on the team. After suffering a foot injury on Tuesday, those sacks will unfortunately have to wait.
At first it looked like it was an ankle injury when Lawrence was carted off the practice field on Tuesday night. Now it’s looking like a broken right foot that Lawrence suffered. If the foot is broken it will take anywhere from 8-12 weeks for it to heal.
Lawrence hurt his foot during one-on-one drills against left tackle Tyron Smith late in the day. According to team owner Jerry Jones, when Lawrence was injured it appeared he rolled his ankle, but his foot was what was giving him the most pain.
“It looked like he rolled his ankle a little bit, but basically his foot was pretty touchy, so we’re going to get it X-rayed,” the concerned owner said.
According to Smith, Lawrence got his foot caught in the grass when the two players engaged each other.
“Just as I was pushing him, his ankle got caught up in the grass,” Smith said. “Things like that happen. It just seemed like he twisted up his ankle a little bit. He’ll be alright.”
This is the last thing the Cowboys need since they no longer have All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware to rely on. Lawrence was one of many players that head coach Jason Garrett was looking at filling the void Ware left when he was cut by the team earlier in the offseason.
Now with Ware playing for the Denver Broncos, and Lawrence and on the shelf dealing with his foot injury, Jeremy Mincey looks to be the guy that will get the bulk of the action on the right end of the defensive line. Martez Wilson and Caesar Rayford will also will see their fair amount of snaps trying to make a name for themselves.