The Cowboys opened the year with a pair of defensive ends serving suspensions and while they won’t be getting Randy Gregory back anytime soon, Monday marks the first day that DeMarcus Lawrence is back with the team.
Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford said after Sunday’s victory over the 49ers that getting “an elite pass rusher” back in the lineup will open things up for others on a defense that has five sacks through the first four weeks of the year. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is also looking forward to having Lawrence at his disposal.
“I can’t wait,” Marinelli said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It will be fun to get him working and keep improving each week, just a little bit every day.”
The Cowboys have won three of their first four games and the defense currently ranks 18th in yards allowed and 10th in points allowed. Lawrence’s return should help their effort to at least maintain those standings in support of an offense that has done well in spite of the absence of Tony Romo.