Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence targeting Week 1 for his return to the field
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is still working his way back from shoulder surgery, which he had after signing his five-year, $105 million deal back in April. Lawrence is still in the physically unable to perform list during training camp and will likely won’t be back for a while longer.
However, Lawrence already has sights set on his return, which he is targeting for Week 1 of the regular season.
“I have a date in my mind when I’m going to be ready, and that’s the season opener,” Lawrence said per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’m not saying I’m going to overload my workload for the season opener or what they want to do with me or have me off the PUP list by the season opener, but hopefully be ready by the season opener.”
Lawrence has been among the very best defensive ends in the league over the last two years, which helped him earn his massive payday. In those two seasons, he played all 32 games while registering 35.0 sacks.
However, he also has two back surgeries under his belt from earlier in his career and has now gone under the knife to repair his shoulder to add to his growing list of major surgeries.
When healthy, Lawrence is more than capable of living up to the huge deal Dallas gave him. But while there’s a decent chance that he will be ready for the start of this season, his health will remain a major question mark moving forward.