Lawrence's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy has been upheld, Todd Archer of ESPN reports. Lawrence received the four-game suspension back in April and filed an appeal in May. Now that the suspension has been upheld it's clear that Dallas will be without Lawrence, Randy Gregory (suspension), and Rolando McClain (suspension) to start the year, three significant players on the team's front seven. With Lawrence out, Ryan Russell, David Irving, and Benson Mayowa figure to see some extra snaps to start the year.
Lawrence is appealing his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Selected 34th overall in the 2014 draft, Lawrence had 55 tackles and eight sacks in 16 games last season, with seven of his sacks coming over the final eight weeks. Any reduction of his suspension would be fantastic news for a Dallas team that otherwise lacks talent at defensive end. 2015 second-rounder Randy Gregory is also suspended for the first four games of 2016 due to a substance abuse policy violation.
Lawrence has received a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Previously, Lawrence was handed a four-game fine for a similar violation, making this another check mark against the defensive end. The Cowboys will already be without Randy Gregory for the first four games of the 2016 season due to the violation of the same policy. Thus, the team will almost certainly be in the market for a pass rusher in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Lawrence (back) may be ready for OTAs, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. Lawrence was bothered by his back for much of the season, yet he still managed to play 16 games and record a team-high eight sacks, putting off surgery until January. The Cowboys expect him to be ready for training camp, or possibly even for OTAs.
Lawrence underwent a procedure on his back, according to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, Lawrence had been dealing with the back all season, but it didn't effect his production, as he led Dallas with eight sacks. Garrett wouldn't put a timetable on Lawrence's return, but the coach didn't sound concerned that it would hold the 23-year-old defensive end out for long.
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