Demarcus 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.
Demarcus 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 Dallas 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.
Demarcus Lawrence (back) may be ready for OTAs, David Helman of Dallas Dallas Cowboys .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.
Demarcus Lawrence underwent a procedure on his back, according to Dallas 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.
Demarcus Lawrence recorded three tackles, including his eighth sack of the season, in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
With Greg Hardy commanding double teams across from him, Lawrence has really stepped up his game in the second half of the season. The second-year DE now has at least one sack in four straight games, and seven sacks in the last seven games.
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|P3||8/25/16||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
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