Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence played with severe pain after injuring his left labrum early in last week’s game against the Houston Texans.
Lawrence said the pain has subsided but he was unclear whether he’ll play Sunday when the Cowboys’ host the Jacksonville Jaguars at 3:25 p.m. at AT&T Stadium.
Lawrence injured his left shoulder when he and Jaylon Smith both hit Texans’ quarterback DeShaun Watson early in the game.
“We’ll see how I feel before the game. If it’s not able to go then I won’t go,” he said. “If I’m able to go I’ll be out there. This is the first time it popped out on me. First time feeling that pain. I was about to cry on the sideline. It was hurting bad. It feels better now. It’s holding up for the most part.”
Lawrence tore his labrum two years ago and played through it. He has been battling inflammation in the shoulder all season and has missed practice but no games so far.
“I’ll work through it just like every other injury,” said Lawrence, who has 5.5 sacks but had none against the Texans. “It’s very frustrating. If I’m out there, that’s my whole purpose and I’m determined to get after the quarterback and I don’t feel like I did that to the best of my ability.”
The Texans were often double-teaming Lawrence. With the possible return of defensive tackle David Irving, Lawrence hopes to get some cover.
“Once I start getting more attention my guys have to step up and bring that heat so they can take the attention off of me,” he said. “Dino [David Irving] will help a lot. He’s a big factor on the D-line. He’s another target who can take some of those chips and the guard sliding over. Dino’s play speaks for itself. I don’t know how he does it most of the time.”
Irving was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance policy and missed last week while dealing with family issues.