A report surfaced on Monday that DeMarcus Lawrence could soon be returning to the Dallas Cowboys from the PUP list, and it appears soon has come. Per ESPN’s Todd Archer, both Lawrence and teammate Tyrone Crawford are being activated from it on Tuesday.
The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP.
It’s certainly welcome news that the Cowboys will be getting two members of the Hot Boyz back. With just over two weeks until the regular season begins now is a great time for Lawrence and Crawford to knock whatever rust may be sitting on them right off.
Unfortunately, this update also includes that Noah Brown and Byron Jones will remain on PUP themselves. A lot of people have penciled Brown in as the fifth wide receiver on the team’s 53-man roster, but challengers like Devin Smith could make those decisions tougher than they may have been a month ago. We’ll see.
This is Byron Jones’ second full season playing the cornerback position. The Cowboys are fortunate to play teams with weaker passing games in their first three weeks (New York Giants, at Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins), but of course you’d rather have your top cornerback than not have him. There is concern from some that Byron could miss the season opener, getting him to full health is clearly a priority.
Welcome back, DeMarcus and Tyrone. You’ve been missed.