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WR Amari Cooper, DE DeMarcus Lawrence May Not Practice in Oxnard

to star players was the story of the 2020 , and while their return to has mostly been met with optimism and the welcome sight of fans in attendance, there is already room for concern with two top starters on both sides of the ball. WR and DE may not return from the PUP list until the team moves back to , according to .

Cooper has played in all 16 games the last two seasons, the first time he's done so since his rookie year in Oakland and 2016. is the strength of the Cowboys roster, with Cooper's ability to play through and be the veteran of this group showing up on gameday.

The Cowboys training camp schedule has only been released through August 12th, with their second preseason game in Arizona a day later. Playing Cooper in the upcoming game on August 5th would have been a stretch anyway, making the game against the Cardinals the earliest target to look for 's WR1.

As for DeMarcus Lawrence, his extended absence from training camp is more concerning. Like Cooper, Lawrence has consistently found a way to be on the field when it matters. The team is working on a lot of new looks at , and most of these plans are based on Lawrence taking the bulk of snaps at left end.

DE DeMarcus Lawrence Will Benefit From Revamped Interior Defensive Line

Without him in practice, new players like , , , and first-round pick will get their opportunity to earn more snaps. Parsons worked with Lawrence in the offseason on pass rush moves, and has been working with individually at camp. It likely won't be Lawrence that comes off the field when Parsons is used as a rusher, giving the Cowboys something to look forward to when Tank can play again.

For now, the returns of Prescott, and will have to be all of the positive for the Cowboys as they take the cautious approach with two of their veteran starters in Lawrence and Cooper.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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