The dark clouds have just gotten a little darker around the Dallas Cowboys. Earlier it was reported that DeMarcus Lawrence had suffered a foot injury in practice and was removed from that practice. Now, the are reports circulating that Lawrence has fractured his foot.
Source tells me DE Demarcus Lawrence has suffered a broken foot. More details on the way. https://t.co/GsxyUnfiug— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) September 15, 2021
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence fractured his foot in today’s practice, source said. An extensive absence ahead. Terrible development for team’s top defender.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 15, 2021
It is not known yet whether Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence will miss rest of season, source said. But he is obviously headed to injured reserve. Brutal blow. @JoeTrahan first reported a broken foot for Lawrence. https://t.co/muylSPxBlk— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 15, 2021
These reports mesh with some of the things we were hearing immediately after the injury. For instance:
There is real concern about Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence’s availability Sunday vs. Chargers, sources said. He suffered a foot injury in practice today, prompting his news conference afterward to be canceled. Possible Cowboys are without both starting DEs vs. Justin Herbert. https://t.co/nZZ7ojISsm— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 15, 2021
When things are treated this way immediately following an injury it is usually because there is real concern that a serious injury has occurred. To make matters worse for the Cowboys, they will likely be without Randy Gregory this week because of COVID. 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.