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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence To Undergo Back Surgery

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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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3 Comments
  • 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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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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