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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence To Undergo Back Surgery

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence To Undergo Back Surgery

What’s the age-old saying? If you do it twice in a row, it’s a tradition?  Well stop me if you’ve heard this before, Cowboys Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence is going to undergo back surgery this offseason.

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Stephen Jones says DeMarcus Lawrence will undergo back surgery for second straight offseason. C Thornton has already had shoulder surgery.

It is worth mentioning that this bit of news was also accompanied by another in that Defensive Tackle Cedric Thornton has already undergone shoulder surgery, but our concern isn’t with the first free agent of last offseason to sign… it’s with our former 2nd Rounder that’s supposed to be the best pass rusher on the team.

Tank – as DeMarcus is affectionately referred to if by those who aren’t already calling him D-Law – is making these offseason back surgeries a bit of a habit. I’m not a doctor or anything, but I can’t imagine that back-to-back (No Pun Intended) offseason back surgeries is good for any athlete, let alone one who spends his time hunched over while trying to pursue a quarterback very quickly.

Lawrence is coming off of his third season with the blue-and-silver, and he’s hardly lived up to the hype revolving around him that began when the Cowboys traded up in the 2nd Round of the 2014 NFL Draft to take DeMarcus at #34 overall, just a short while after watching another DeMarcus leave via free agency. This isn’t what you want going on around a player that’s about to enter a contract year.

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I’ve written before here at Inside The Star about the Dallas Cowboys galactic misses in the 2nd Round over the better half of the last decade, and you have to start to wonder if Tank really is part of that unfortunate club. Lawrence has just completed his third season and has played in 35 of 51 possible games, 69%, and accumulated 11 total sacks.

There’s no denying the shortage of pass rushers at the edge of the Dallas Cowboys defensive front line, and considering that DeMarcus Lawrence can’t totally be counted on in general coupled with another offseason back surgery… Dallas may not be bringing #90 back in 2018 and that would add an even larger sense of pressure to establish a strong sense of help this offseason.

Here’s hoping Tank Lawrence heals up and this is all overreacting; however, playing in 69% of games in three seasons with back surgeries in two straight offseasons certainly seems like a little cause for worry.

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  • shelly saucedo

    Get rid of him, he is not worth the money,, same goes for Crawford! Teams are dependent on players that are committed to doing their job. Getting suspended for the first 4 games of the season, followed by back-to-back surgeries and lack of performance, places Lawrence in the deadweight category, Dallas needs to detach from these burdens.

  • Russ_Te

    I’m not as concerned about the back surgeries as RJ. If Lawrence were older, I definitely would be. These procedures may be what he needs to hold up in the NFL rather than earmarks of degeneration, as IMO is the case with Romo.

    Aikman also had back problems late in his career, and that was it / done. It might not be true for a young player.

    As for pro expectations, when going DE outside of the 1st round, you know you are not getting a premier RDE. Not a guy with a Harvey Martin first step. To me Lawrence has proven out to be a bit more athletic than I thought he was, and has added bulk at the same time. We knew his back was ailing against GB, and he still showed flashes.

    Besides, I want him back for that tryout at TE… ;^)

    • shelly saucedo

      Jason Wittens shoes are way to big for Lawrence to fill, He is fickle and has not accumulated enough contribution to the team to be viewed a an asset, based on %age of games played,, he is a liability

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