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Mike McCarthy: DeMarcus Lawrence and Leon Lett had surgery, Randy Gregory still in COVID protocol

An update on the Cowboys roster situation from the head coach.

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The Dallas Cowboys were dealt a critical blow on Wednesday when it was announced that defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence broke his foot during practice. Having your best defensive player taken away is hardly an ideal situation for any team, especially one already down a number of starters.

Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers was already going to be challenging, but it is now even more so given Lawrence’s absence. Coach Mike McCarthy addressed a few things during his press conference on Thursday including that Lawrence had surgery.

DeMarcus Lawrence has had surgery on his foot

As mentioned DeMarcus Lawrence has had surgery on his foot. The road to recovery starts now.

If Lawrence returns after eight weeks that would put him back around the middle of November which is Week 10. The Cowboys host the Atlanta Falcons that week before visiting the Kansas City Chiefs and then the quick turnaround for Thanksgiving against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Leon Lett also had surgery

Tank was not the only person who has played along the Dallas Cowboys defensive line to sustain an injury on Wednesday. Assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett injured his quad and needed surgery as well.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive line could conceivably be without their top two players and one of their coaches this week.

Randy Gregory remains in COVID protocol

Early this week the Cowboys announced that Randy Gregory had tested positive for COVID-19. On Wednesday McCarthy expressed doubt that Gregory would play this week. He remains in the protocol.

All the best to Randy Gregory.

Donovan Wilson will miss practice again on Thursday

Safety Donovan Wilson dealt with a groin injury as the preseason ended and while he played last week against Tampa Bay he is still dealing with it. He missed practice on Wednesday and will be out again on Thursday.

The Cowboys might actually be without three starters on defense on Sunday.