After some early week chatter about DeMarcus Lawrence maybe not playing for the Dallas Cowboys against the Cincinnati Bengals, it looks like he's good to go. Yesterday the Cowboys finally took the step of moving Lawrence back on to the 53-man roster after he served his four-game suspension. The Cowboys had an open spot on the roster due to La'el Collins being moved to IR, they slotted Lawrence into that spot. He might not be given a full rotation of plays on defense, but Lawrence is expected to play on some obvious passing situations as the Cowboys ease him back into things.
As OCC noted in the news this morning, the Cowboys didn't sign a new kicker for this week. They expect Dan Bailey to handle the kicking duties this afternoon.
Lance Dunbar's status is still up in the air for today's game. The knee that is hurting Dunbar is the same knee that took him out of action last season and required surgery. He hasn't practiced all week, which usually means a player won't play on Sunday. Will they think about giving Darius Jackson some turns in the rotation if Dunbar can't go, or would they just let Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris handle most of the rotation?
Other notes: David Irving will be out, but Lawrence will take his spot on the active roster. Linebacker Mark Nzeocha practiced full this week, could this be the game he finally gets back into action. He had a great camp and preseason until he was hurt, the Cowboys could use some depth at linebacker.
Based on the practice routines this week, we can guess six if the inactive players this week: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Chaz Green, Lance Dunbar, Orlando Scandrick and David Irving. That probably leaves the last spot as a toss up between Darius Jackson, Mark Nzeocha or maybe someone like Kavon Frazier.