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DeMarcus Lawrence carted off from Cowboys practice

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An historically bad Cowboys defense won’t get any better in 2014 if its players can’t stay healthy.  While no injury this year can be as bad for the effort as the one suffered in the offseason by middle linebacker Sean Lee, each and every additional injury makes it harder for the Cowboys to turn things around.

The latest injury happened at practice on Tuesday night, with rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence exiting practice via cart ride, per multiple reports.  Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says it could be an ankle injury.

Whatever the specific injury, it’s not a good development for a team that had an embarrassingly bad defense in 2013.

Lawrence, the 34th overall pick in the 2014 draft, is expected to help fill the void created by the release of DeMarcus Ware, a rare bright spot who was dumped due to concerns that his salary is too high — and who then got more money this year from the Broncos.

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43 Responses to “DeMarcus Lawrence carted off from Cowboys practice”
  1. VondyP says: Jul 29, 2014 8:53 PM

    And with the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…

  2. tommiepickles says: Jul 29, 2014 8:54 PM

    I cant imagine how bad this defense is going to be

  3. browns11 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:56 PM

    Maybe Brandon Weeden can play defense!!! He sure can’t play QB.

  4. jetsclaps says: Jul 29, 2014 8:57 PM

    too high*

  5. jbones77 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:04 PM

    Sorry, but Ware was not a bright spot last year.

  6. DaRedSnapper says: Jul 29, 2014 9:09 PM

    I am hoping for a sprain. But their luck would say it is fractured.

  7. officialgame says: Jul 29, 2014 9:11 PM

    This Tyron Smith guy takes down another Cowboy. Good luck with him.

  8. gammynomnom says: Jul 29, 2014 9:11 PM

    When was Ware a bright spot last year? 6 sacks and 28 tackles?

  9. drewzducks says: Jul 29, 2014 9:14 PM

    Tough week if your name is DeMarcus.

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 29, 2014 9:14 PM

    Big investment in this guy for the Cowboys. Need him back soon!

  11. polarbear71 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:14 PM

    Fire the GM !!!

  12. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:18 PM

    I predicted Allas would get second overall and go 1-15. If you were Jerry, who would you pick?

    Anyways, sorry to hear this, Lawrence was one of the best things they had going for them

  13. texansfalcons says: Jul 29, 2014 9:20 PM

    Always a sad time for the Boys.

  14. jayovalentine says: Jul 29, 2014 9:22 PM

    Sucks for the kid if it is serious. Hope he is ok. #Redskins fan.

  15. herrcules13 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:29 PM

    “and who then got more money this year from the Broncos.” And who is injured, as usual. And he wasn’t “dumped.” He chose to go2 Denver, because the Cowboys weren’t willing to pay him more than he’s worth, for a change.

  16. rfedorick says: Jul 29, 2014 9:36 PM

    Lee gone and now Lawrence? Can’t be positive about anything with this team. Dallas doesn’t even want Romo playing because they are afraid he’ll get hurt. lol Mark my words…. Either Romo or Dez will get hurt this preseason. This team not only isn’t very good but they have ZERO luck every year with tons of injuries. In 2012 in the last gm they were down to their 3rd and 4th receiver with 5 minutes left vs the Skins with a division title at stake. Last year Romo missed the last game with a division championship at stake. ZERO LUCK!

  17. trefkennedy says: Jul 29, 2014 9:39 PM

    3 seasons of 8-8 couldn’t prepare us for this 2-14 season smh

  18. cribbage12 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:39 PM

    What are the odds two different DeMarcuses are mentioned in the same story? DeRemarkable.

  19. raiderapologist says: Jul 29, 2014 9:41 PM

    They are looking for Lawrence to make an impact. Jerry said as much.

  20. rfedorick says: Jul 29, 2014 9:41 PM

    Dallas played most of last year without 5 starters on defense? Now without one preseason game played they already have three starters that are not going to be there opening day? Spencer, Lawrence and Lee. To win anything you need a little luck….. AND DALLAS HAS NONE OF THAT!!!!!

  21. campcouch says: Jul 29, 2014 9:55 PM

    this may be what the Cowboys need again. To hit rock bottom. I’m not a fan, but I do get what they mean to football even in name. Having a bad year and getting a high draft pick,maybe GM Jerry starts selling off parts for picks as well. Considering he didn’t do the Hollywood thing and draft Manziel and he let Ware go, Jones may be realizing that it’s time to stop banking on the name and actually draft and manage.

  22. cowboys1988 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:05 PM

    Im so excited for the season this year i have high hopes for my cowboys!!!! ……………

  23. tahnoonzee says: Jul 29, 2014 10:05 PM

    He wanted to avoid getting hazed.

  24. dccowboy says: Jul 29, 2014 10:06 PM

    And who is also injured, as is Jason Hatcher so, even if they kept them it wouldn’t have helped

  25. cowboys9366 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:08 PM

    It’s kind of funny that a jets fan and a browns fan are talking smack on the cowboys lol

  26. radioactivechimp says: Jul 29, 2014 10:18 PM

    Having already lost a key player on my favorite team (Alonso on the Bills) I sympathize with the Cowboys’ situation.

    It’s a shame to lose a player to injury, especially in training camp when they can miss the entire season.

  27. karlw68 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    Another blow to the CircusBoys and Ringmaster Jerry.Step right up step right up folks to see the most disaster plagued sports team on earth.The rest of the teams in the NFC east calmly go about their business mostly and with a under breath snicker and smh reaction to it all.

  28. redskinspolo says: Jul 29, 2014 10:33 PM

    This is why its not good to pick at former player injuries (ie Dware lower leg injury). When the report came out that Demarcus had a lower leg injury a couple of days ago, Cowboy fans were going wild and laughing saying “we now have younger, healthier Demarcus”. Welp the rooster has come home to roast. Wishing the kid Godspeed recovery…

  29. aldavisfortytime says: Jul 29, 2014 10:55 PM

    This is too ironic coming from the Cowboys’ fans talking about DeMarcus Ware’s leg bruise.

  30. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jul 29, 2014 11:10 PM

    That Offensive line has been hurting people in practice. Keep laughing. Your defense is next in a real game.

  31. jlbutler66 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:29 PM

    When injuries become the norm and not few and far between you have got to wonder is it the quality of our players the conditioning (coaching?) or all of the above. If we keep losing starters when they are not particularly talented and go from that to the next available player it starts a death spiral like we enjoyed last year. We better have one heck of a offense or it’s going to get real ugly real fast. Better load up on tums extra strength and start praying.

  32. usdiveteam says: Jul 29, 2014 11:50 PM

    As a Cowboys fan all I can say is wow it’s been the last three years nobody on defense can stay healthy

  33. shatho1 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:14 AM

    its probably minor and he’ll most likely be back for season opener. this is a precaution no need to worry

  34. governor1883 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:46 AM

    Let the excuses begin.

  35. Big Blue On You says: Jul 30, 2014 1:02 AM

    And where was Zack Martin? Another notch in his belt.

  36. seatownballers says: Jul 30, 2014 1:11 AM

    Another bad draft. Lost some defensive talent in off season. Injury bug hitting hard.

    Number one overall pick would be really helpful next year

  37. patriottony says: Jul 30, 2014 5:20 AM

    LADIES and Gentlemen welcome to the 2015 NFL Draft, for the first time in the great city of Chicago.
    The first seclection belongs to the DALLAS COWBOYS, who select Jameis Winston QB Florida State.

  38. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 30, 2014 6:46 AM

    It was just the other day I heard all of these Cowboy fans hollering about how great this defense is going to be

    Epic Fail!!!!

  39. terryr59 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:43 AM

    Just maybe Zack Martin and Fredrick play Defense line now. Sent the Cowboys waste there last 2 years #1 picks on offence line.

  40. gorilladunk says: Jul 30, 2014 7:45 AM

    Broken foot…out 8-12 weeks. Not good.

  41. cwon14 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:57 AM

    It’s better than an ACL or an Achilles, think of it that way.

    Frankly, don’t rush him back and put him on IR after a time. I’m sure he’s disappointed but a bad foot often leads to knee and Achilles issues unless it heals well.

  42. fanme57 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:23 AM

    The Cowboys are, and will continue to be awful.
    The cause is Jerry Jones, the Worst GM in pro football.

    Cowboys will be very lucky to win 8 games this season.

  43. rfedorick says: Jul 30, 2014 11:43 AM

    Someone reported that the Cowboys felt it was a sprain? Because Charles was in the hay with Caroline, Half Pint had to run for miles to get Doc Baker carrying two chickens to pay him.. Once again Jerry’s doctors are lost in space evaluting injuries.

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