The Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be out six to eight weeks after the foot has broken during training on Wednesday.
Lawrence has broken his fifth metatarsal and needs surgery, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The star defender responded on social media regarding his injury:
Will be Back & Ready for War. Believe it. ��— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) September 15, 2021
The Cowboys are also preparing for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers, assuming that starting defensive end Randy Gregory will not play. Dallas put Gregory on the COVID-19 reserve after testing positive for the virus, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.
The failures mean more defensive problems for the cowboys, who were one of two teams without a sack in week 1. Dallas only had two quarterback hits in Thursday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Lawrence scored five tackles and Gregory only one.
Lawrence, 29, is the cowboys’ most decorated pass rusher. The two-time pro bowler, who signed a five-year contract for $ 105 million in 2019, led the team last year with 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He has not missed a game because of an injury since the 2016 season.
Gregory hit 3.5 sacks in 10 games in 2020 after being banned for the entire 2019 season for violating the league’s doping rules.
Dallas also suffered significant losses on the offensive side of the ball in 2021. The team recently put wide receiver Michael Gallup on the injured reserve with a calf injury and right tackle La’el Collins was suspended for five games for violating NFL anti-doping rules.