Lawrence missed four games because of a substance-abuse suspension, depriving the Cowboys of their top pass-rusher. The third-year player led Dallas with eight sacks last season, doing so after registering none as a rookie in seven games in 2014.
Dallas ranks in a tie for 24th in the league with just six sacks this season, besting only five teams’ totals. It’s been without Lawrence, Randy Gregory and elected to move on from Greg Hardy. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford is the only Cowboy with more than one sack, posting two through four games.
A former second-round pick, Lawrence saw his appeal denied, forcing him to miss four games. He missed nine in 2014 after suffering a broken foot before playing in all 16 last year.
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