Jerry Jones: 'Demarcus Lawrence Won’t Play in Final Two Regular Season Games'
Thanks to the help of the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the New York Giants Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys have secured the NFC East division, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The team now won’t play a “meaningful” game for the next 3 weeks, until the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs. While it would be naïve to say that the team can step off the gas until then, the Cowboys will be cautious with keeping guys fresh, and getting guys healthy going into the stretch run. One of those guys the team will let rest and get healthy is Cowboys’ 3rd year defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.
Lawrence, who missed the first 4 games of the season due to suspension, returned to the field but has been hampered by a nagging back injury. This has prevented Lawrence from being effective, as he has just 1 sack all season. With the team getting back fellow defensive end Randy Gregory from suspension, and the breakout play of David Irving, the team can afford to let Lawrence rest.
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, Cowboys’ Owner Jerry Jones said that Demarcus Lawrence will not play in the final 2 regular season games against the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. With the first-round playoff bye, the team won’t need Lawrence back on the field until the weekend of January 14-15th, giving the pass rusher a month to get right, if you include Lawrence’s absence last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Until then, the Cowboys will look to fight off complacency and the injury bug, and will hope to be at full strength as they push for the goal of a 6th Super Bowl Trophy in franchise history.
Jared Wingate is a local Dallas resident who is passionate about 'dem Cowboys! He is also a Broadcast Journalism major. Subscribe and follow him on Twitter @wingate_jared.