DeMarcus Lawrence had a setback in his recovery from off-season back surgery, possibly delaying his return to the field.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the defensive end was limited in practice Wednesday in his return from a four-game suspension. Lawrence worked on the side while the team practiced.
“He obviously was suspended for the first four weeks, and then the other part of it was he was dealing with a back injury,” Garrett said. “He did limited work yesterday and did a good job with that work and hopefully he can progress as the week goes on.”
Owner Jerry Jones revealed on his radio show Sept. 27 that Lawrence had some physical limitations but added thatLawrence was “fighting through it.” Later that day, though, Lawrence denied having any limitations.
The Cowboys still are hopeful Lawrence can play Sunday. Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that Lawrence would play.
“I think the biggest thing we’ve got to see where he is tomorrow,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “He did a little bit more today than he did the first day. We’ll get a better feel tomorrow when he wakes up and comes in. Hopefully he’ll be better.
“…But you want the guy right. Not just one of the eight guys up, but it’s also about him too. We’ve got to make sure he’s ready to go and feeling good and all those things.”
Lawrence was allowed to work with the strength and conditioning staff and attend meetings during his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
He had back surgery in January.
Lawrence led the team with eight sacks last season. The Cowboys have only six sacks this season, putting them on pace for 24. They haven’t had 24 or fewer sacks since 2002 when they had 24.