Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence powering through injury in first half vs Giants

Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence #90, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence #90, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Dallas Cowboys fans had quite a scare when they found out that defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was limited in practice on Thursday due to foot issues.

Remember that Lawrence already missed 10 games this season after undergoing foot surgery after the first game of the year. He came back in a big way in Week 13 and Week 14 with four tackles and a sack.

Many were worried that Lawrence may not even play today. This was especially troubling since the Cowboys are already without defensive tackles Trysten Hill and Osa Odighizuwa after they tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, Tank Lawrence was listed as active before Sunday’s game vs the New York Giants, and in the first half alone has already looked unstoppable.

There is no denying that his presence on the defensive line makes a huge impact on this Cowboys’ defense. Maybe it was all the dancing he was doing this week?

Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence has great first half vs Giants despite being limited in practice on Thursday

In the first 30 minutes of the Week 15 matchup alone, Lawrence had three tackles (one for a loss) and a forced fumble. His foot may be hurting, but it definitely isn’t stopping the big man from making an impact.

And it didn’t even take him much time for him to show he was feeling just fine. It all started early in the first quarter with a pass deflection on backup quarterback Mike Glennon, which led to a pick by cornerback Jourdan Lewis. The interception was shortly followed by an Ezekiel Elliott rushing touchdown that put the Cowboys up early. Thanks, Tank.

Sprinkle in some tackles. Sprinkle in some QB pressure. But, Lawrence wanted to do something else to show Cowboys fans that he was there to play before heading to the locker room.

With less than a minute to go in the half, Lawrence punched the ball out from running Saquon Barkley’s hands, which led to a fumble recovery.

Despite what seems to be a flare-up with his foot injury, Lawrence has been all over the field Sunday. He is sending a very clear message that he wants to be on this field making plays and that he won’t let anything hold him back. We look forward to seeing him add to his stats in the second half and hope he can stay healthy for the rest of the season to continue helping this dominant Dallas defense.