The Dallas Cowboys suffered a blow to the solar plexus Wednesday when star passing running back DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot in practice.
DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the most experienced defenders on the Cowboys roster. His absence leaves head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in trouble.
Head coach Mike McCarthy provided an update on DeMarcus Lawrence’s status at a press conference today. DeMarcus Lawrence underwent surgery and is expected to miss nearly two months. It’s a significant loss for cowboys and they must adapt.
McCarthy offers an update on DeMarcus Lawrence and the injured Cowboys
Mike McCarthy also offered his thoughts on how the Cowboys are adjusting to experiencing so many player availability issues. The veteran former Packers head coach knows the game inside out. It will highlight how important it is for the following players to step up.
As for DeMarcus Lawrence, he’s a crushing blow for a high-level pass rusher player. Injuries and other off-field problems have at times plagued his cowboy career. However, there is no question about the level of talent that DeMarcus Lawrence exudes when he is on the field.
Now the Cowboys must find a way to replace DeMarcus Lawrence. It will not be easy. DeMarcus Lawrence has had more than 200 pressures since joining the NFL. That’s a significant amount, and he was the X factor on the Cowboys’ defensive line.
The Dallas Cowboys face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. Losing DeMarcus Lawrence could cause trouble for the Cowboys if second-year quarterback sensation Justin Herbert plays well.
The Chargers spent much of the offseason working to strengthen the offensive line. DeMarcus Lawrence’s injury is a dagger for the cowboys.
McCarthy is hopeful that DeMarcus Lawrence will play again this season. The concern is that this is the second time DeMarcus Lawrence has suffered from this injury. He broke his foot during training camp in his rookie year.
Two months is a big part of the season to miss. The Cowboys can’t worry about that for now. Mike McCarthy and his team played well in Week 1. If they can carry the momentum and confidence into Week 2, the Cowboys have a shot at victory.
It will not be easy. Injuries and COVID-19 are already pushing the Cowboys over the edge regarding roster depth.