Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence hopes to get his first game action this week, and he can’t wait.
“I’m a little anxious,” Lawrence said Wednesday. “I ain’t going to lie. I’m just ready to get out there and do what they really brought me here to do.”
The Cowboys will have to make a roster move by Saturday afternoon to make Lawrence available for this week’s game. A source said a decision has not been made on whether to activate Lawrence this week, with the Cowboys wanting to see how he practices.
The second-round draft pick broke a bone in his right foot July 29, his first week of training camp practice. The Cowboys eventually placed him on returnable injured reserve.
He began practicing Oct. 15 and is eligible to make his debut Sunday against the Cardinals.
“We’ll see …as the week goes on and see how game-ready he is,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We have some options there on the defensive line. We think that’s really good for everybody, the competition that it’s created to get an opportunity to dress for a ball game, and then what your role is, so he’ll be part of that mix.”
Lawrence spent Wednesday working with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and assistant defensive line coach Leon Lett.
“That was the main focus over there, just making sure I know the plays, formations, what I’m doing in certain types of situations,” Lawrence said.
He said he has added 10 pounds of muscle and is back in game shape after two-plus weeks of practice.
“I feel like I did a lot over the time I’ve been out, and it’s helped me out a lot with my strength and power and really just my lower body getting that back in shape,” Lawrence said. “As of right now, I feel like I’m back in game speed.”
The Cowboys can use him. They had three sacks against the Redskins, but they have only 10 for the season. Only eight teams have fewer.