It appears that the injury bug that bit the Dallas Cowboys hard last season is back at again.
On Tuesday, rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury when he was stonewalled by Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith during a one-on-one pass-rushing drill.
Lawrence fell to the ground and immediately reached for his right ankle. He tried to stand, but couldn’t put weight on the injured ankle, ultimately needing to be carted off from the practice field. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said that Lawrence would be getting his right ankle and foot x-rayed.
The Cowboys are hopeful that it’s not a high ankle sprain because the recovery time for that type of injury can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, and it typically involves the tearing or hyperextension of ligaments. I’m not a doctor, but the fact that Lawrence had to be carted off the field should give some insight into the severity of the injury.
Lawrence was the No. 34 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the Cowboys gave up a lot to get him. He was brought in to help fill the void left by DeMarcus Ware’s release and maybe one day be his replacement.
Recently, Lawrence said that he intended to register at least 10 sacks in 2014, and if you’ve ever seen Lawrence rush the passer, you know why he’s so confident in his ability.
I, like you, hope this setback doesn’t affect his long-term health and that he can get back out there and be the same “quarterback hunter” that he was in college.