Cowboys Expect Demarcus Lawrence Suspension

Having already lost one of their pass rushers – Randy Gregory – to a four-game suspension, the Cowboys are bracing for another one of their edge defenders to miss the season’s first month. According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, defensive end Demarcus Lawrence faces a four-game ban for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.Demarcus Lawrence

Moore reports that the Cowboys have yet to be formally notified of Lawrence’s impending suspension, which suggests that the defender and his representatives are still in the process of appealing the ruling. Multiple sources tell Moore that Dallas will be without Lawrence to open the season, however.

A second-round pick in 2014, Lawrence led the Cowboys in sacks last season with eight, and added a forced fumble to go along with 55 tackles. With both Lawrence and Gregory sidelined to open the 2016 season, pass rush becomes an even greater need for the Cowboys, who could end up landing a player like Joey Bosa next week, depending on how the draft plays out.

While the Cowboys did sign Benson Mayowa away from the Raiders in free agency, the team also no longer has veteran contributors Greg Hardy and Jeremy Mincey under contract, so the defensive end rotation in Dallas will look significantly different than it did last year, particularly for the first four weeks of the season.

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6 comments on “Cowboys Expect Demarcus Lawrence Suspension

  1. I wonder if this pushes them to draft Bosa. They had a rather weak pass rush before the suspensions, so to lose both of their primary pass rushers creates a huge hole.

    • Lee Morrell

      Perhaps…if the Joneses are thinking short term (1st 4 games of 1 season)…if they are thinking long term, Gregory and Lawrence come back and join a powerful front with Buckner or a strong backfield with Ramsey…

    • GeauxRangers

      I hope it doesn’t but this really does suck. I think more likely it pushes us to for sure sign a veteran or two. I could definitely see us drafting some DEs in the draft even if we don’t take Bosa because you can never have enough pass rushers and the ones we have now are proving that they can’t be relied upon.

    • Dallas Robinson

      I’m guessing it will make them lean that way. Ramsey makes a lot of sense too, but I can see Rod Marinelli working well with Bosa.

  2. Giants51

    Typical Cowgirls…… Go Giants…..!!!!!

  3. CursedRangers

    This team always seems to be out of control. Jerry Jones keeps signing knuckleheads so it’s no surprise they keep getting put in this situation. At least Hardy is no longer part of the team.

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