On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys learned the devastating news that rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be sidelined for 8-12 weeks due to a foot injury. The Cowboys second round pick in this year’s draft suffered the fracture during individual drills against Pro Bowl left tackle Tyrone Smith. As you can see in the video below, Lawrence gets his root foot awkwardly caught in the grass, causing the injury.
Without Lawrence for the first part of the regular season, the Cowboys will turn to six-year veteran Jeremy Mincey, who was signed as a free agent earlier this offseason. Mincey will bookend the defensive line along side George Selvie, a free agent last year who became the Cowboys starter at defensive end. Getting an effective pass rush will now be even more important without the Boise State rookie to start the season. Last year, the Cowboys ranked a lowly 25th in sacks (34.0) and dead last in net total yards allowed (415.3 offensive yards per game).
Beyond Selvie and Mincey, Dallas has a fairly deep bench of players who could step up to pick up the slack left by this latest injury. Those players include defensive ends Anthony Spencer, Tyrone Crawford, Ben Bass, Caesar Rayford, Ben Gardner, and Martez Wilson. Spencer, a Pro Bowl player as a linebacker in 2012, is still recovering from microfracture surgery on his knee and isn’t expect to be ready for the start of the season.
The Cowboys could also look to free agency for some temporary help until Lawrence is able to return. Names like Adam Carriker, Brett Keisel, and Andre Carter are all possible replacements currently on the open market. See a full list of possible free agents Dallas could sign in my newest article: 10 Possible Free Agents To Replace Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence