The Dallas Cowboys will use a defensive end duo comprised of George Selvie and offseason signing Jeremy Mincey for the first half of the season, because projected starter Demarcus Lawrence will now be out until Week 9. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys placed Lawrence on the short-term injured reserve, meaning that the broken foot he suffered in early training camp will take significantly longer to heal that the initial timeline of 3-6 games. Now, he’s locked in to miss the first eight weeks, but the Cowboys will be able to clear a roster spot.
It’s always interesting to see the rationale behind short-term IR decisions, because sometimes it isn’t about the severity of the injury being increased. I think that’s the case with Lawrence given that he broke his foot, but sometimes teams sacrifice a few weeks of a star player in order to rest them and get a roster spot out of the move.
The Cowboys traded up for Lawrence in the second round of this year’s draft instead of staying put and taking Missouri DE Kony Ealy, who fell to the late second and into the Carolina Panthers laps. Lawrence is a very talented edge rusher from Boise State, but we’ll see if the injury derails his first-year adjustment when he does come back from the IR, as he is a huge key to this beat-up Cowboys defense.