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DeMarcus Lawrence Fantasy Football News 2020

The Cowboys on Tuesday activated DE DeMarcus Lawrence from the PUP. He had missed all of training camp after April surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The joint had reportedly bothered him for 2 seasons. We'll keep an eye on reports of his progress, but Lawrence returning a couple of weeks before the start of the season is a good sign that the star pass rusher will be able to help the Dallas defense and our IDP lineups.

The Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on DE Demarcus Lawrence for the 2nd straight year. Although it'd obviously be nice for the player to secure his longer-term status, IDP owners can continue expecting the high-level production we've gotten from Lawrence the past 2 years.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) and CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) are active for today's game against the Jaguars. They're OK to use as planned in IDP lineups.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He missed Wednesday's practice before limited workouts the next 2 days. DT David Irving, on the other hand, put in full practices Thursday and Friday after missing last week's game while dealing with a family issue and spending the 1st 4 weeks on a league suspension. He's expected to play 10-15 snaps against Jacksonville, according to Cowboys Wire. That's not enough to make Irving usable in IDP leagues, but it's his 1st real step toward getting back to IDP relevance.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) and S Barry Church (forearm) are questionable for Sunday night's game against the Buccaneers. Church has been playing through the issue since his return to the lineup, though. And Lee's not a good bet to sit out unless he absolutely needs to. Dallas has already ruled DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) out for the game.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) is questionable for Sunday night's game against the Giants, but the team expects him to play, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Lawrence actually sat out the past 2 days of practice after a limited workout Wednesday. He has been playing through the issue despite "questionable" tags but has just 1 sack on the year. Lawrence makes for a weak IDP option this week.

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (back) is active for tonight's game against the Vikings. He entered the night questionable but has played through the issue for several weeks and should be fine to use in an upside matchup. S Barry Church (forearm) is also active after making his return to the roster this week from a forearm fracture. He's stepping back into the role that J.J. Wilcox (inactive) had been filling for him. Dallas will also have D-linemen Jack Crawford and David Irving active. Neither is much of an IDP option.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence is active for today's game against Washington. He entered the day questionable but never actually appeared in doubt for the game. Use him as you normally would in IDP leagues.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) is active for today's game against the Ravens. Use him as you normally would in your IDP league.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He put in limited practices all week, though, so we'd bet on him being ready. We'll check on his status Sunday.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) is active for today's game at Pittsburgh. He has yet to deliver any IDP value since returning from his season-opening suspension, but his presence helps the D (which still isn't a good play this week).

The Cowboys on Saturday activated DE Demarcus Lawrence following his 4-game suspension. He's expected to play Sunday against the Bengals, though it's not yet clear how big his immediate role will be. IDP owners should hold off for this week at least

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence is facing a 4-game suspension for violating the league drug policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lawrence is reportedly appealing the ban, but we don't often see those things overturned. Assuming the suspension holds up, Lawrence will join DE Randy Gregory on the sideline for the season's 1st 4 games. That only heightens Dallas' need for edge-rushing help and could impact the team's early-round plans for the NFL Draft. The Cowboys have also elected to not re-sign DE Greg Hardy so far. We'll see how Dallas addresses the situation. Lawrence delivered 7 sacks and 9 total QB hits over the final 8 games last season. He remains a promising IDP option for the long term, as long as he doesn't continue this off-field pattern.

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence had back surgery recently, and ESPN.com reports that the issue ended up being more serious than the team had expected. "We were somewhat surprised that it was what it turned out to be," executive VP Stephen Jones said. "We thought it might be something a little less significant, but it’s nothing that we have concerns about going forward.” Dallas reportedly expects Lawrence to participate some in offseason workouts and be 100% by training camp. IDP owners should hope that happens after a breakthrough 2nd half in Lawrence's 2nd pro season.

ESPN Dallas reports that Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence suffered a broken right foot in Tuesday's practice. He'll have surgery Thursday and then miss 8-10 weeks.  The short end of that time frame would return the rookie after Dallas' Week 3 game.  Lawrence had been pushing Jeremy Mincey for right DE work with the 1st team.  With him out, Mincey stands as the favorite to start there.  Mincey slipped after looking like an ascending player as recently as 2011 in Jacksonville.  His position certainly carries some upside, though, as evidenced by left DE George Selvie last year in Dallas' version of the "Tampa 2" scheme.  IDP owners shouldn't draft the 30-year-old Mincey at this point, but keep him in mind as a potential waiver watch guy.

Rookie Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence limped off the practice field with an injury to his right foot or ankle Tuesday.  A cart reportedly took him to the locker room, and he was due for X-rays Tuesday night.  "Hopefully it'll be OK," GM Jerry Jones said, per ESPN Dallas.  Obviously, it's not shock that the owner/GM is hoping for the best.  But that comment from Jones plus the fact that Lawrence left the field under his own power could mean a less serious injury than the presence of a cart might imply.  The team hopes the 2nd-round pick will play a key role on D, perhaps taking over DeMarcus Ware's old right DE spot.  We'll see how severe the injury is.

The Cowboys traded up 13 spots in the 2nd round of the NFL draft to pick Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence.  The former Bronco racked up 20 sacks and 34 total tackles for loss over the past 2 college seasons.  He could challenge for an immediate starting job with the Cowboys, who released left DE DeMarcus Ware this spring.  DE Anthony Spencer re-signed as a free agent, re-joining a group that includes George Selvie and journeyman Jeremy Mincey in the competition for snaps.

 
 
 

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