The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has been playing much better in recent games, but they will be challenged on Sunday night because of injuries. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has been ruled out of Sunday’s game because of back issues.
The Cowboys will be without defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Lawrence... https://t.co/d4Jlv2rvvw— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) December 16, 2016
Lawrence was used sparingly last week, playing a low number of snaps only during obvious passing situations. Lawrence was unable to practice at all this week after missing two practices last week.
Cedric Thornton is battling an ankle injury and is also listed as questionable this week. He has missed all practices this week, putting his playing status in serious doubt. If he can’t go, that would be two important pieces along the defensive line missing. The Cowboys might call up practice squad player Zach Moore who is also a defensive linemen.
Dallas has an open spot to possibly call up Moore because they are placing reserve offensive lineman Chaz Green on injured reserve. He will likely have surgery on a herniated disc, ending another injury-plagued season. Green has showed some promise when he plays, but he just can’t stay healthy. Emmet Cleary is the reserve swing tackle, although the Cowboys could re-shuffle their line and use Zack Martin on the outside if needed, with Joe Looney filling in at guard.
Dez Bryant is also on the injury list as questionable for the game, although he is fully expected to play. J.J. Wilcox is listed as questionable this week after finally returning to practice on a limited basis the last couple of days.