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The hits keep coming for Dallas.
Not long after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Kickoff Game, news broke that they’d be losing two key starters in the near future. Starting wide receiver Michael Gallup was placed on injured reserve with the expectation he’ll miss three-to-five weeks. Starting right tackle La’el Collins, meanwhile, was hit with a five-game suspension that begins in Week 2.
And now the Cowboys are going to be without their top defender for the foreseeable future. DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot during the Cowboys’ Wednesday practice, according to a report from Joe Trahan.
Lawrence has led Dallas in sacks in three out of their last four seasons. The Cowboys don’t have much in the way of proven pass rushing talent outside of him. There will be more pressure on Randy Gregory, who’s often been unavailable in the past, to step up with Lawrence out. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Gregory recently rested positive for COVID-19 and will miss their Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. And the Bolts just so happened to have the NFL’s best pass protecting offensive line in Week 1.
Here’s some reaction to Lawrence’s injury from our enemies over at Blogging The Boys:
The Cowboys could be in a position of starting Tarell Basham and Dorance Armstrong at defensive end this week.
Long-term, the Cowboys have bigger problems as Lawrence is their best player on defense and a centerpiece of their pass rush. Early optimism from after the Bucs game is being tested now.
Gallup, Collins, and now Lawrence will all be out when the Philadelphia Eagles travel down to JerryWorld to take on the Cowboys in Week 3. It’s going to be a big opportunity for the Birds to take advantage of their division rival’s misfortunes.