Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence won’t be watching any football this weekend.
During the off week, Lawrence, who leads the team with 5.5 sacks, won’t be following the NFL’s sack leaders either, including Denver’s Von Miller, Houston’s J.J. Watt or the Rams’ Aaron Donald, who leads the league with eight sacks.
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Lawrence has dropped out of the league’s top 10 after being shutout the past three weeks. He had three sacks against the Lions on Sept. 30 and led the league at that time.
“No,” Lawrence said. “I’ll watch it when I come back, for sure. But I’m just focusing on my body right now and making sure when I come back I’m 100 percent ready to play football.”
The Cowboys next play Nov. 5 against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football at AT&T Stadium.
Lawrence has been nursing a tender left shoulder, which popped out of socket during a game at Houston two weeks ago. But the shoulder (specifically, his left labrum) has been an issue the past two seasons. He’ll keep working in the weight room to continue building up the strength in his shoulder. But he downplayed the injury.
“Shoulder is great,” he said. “[The off week] won’t make a difference. It popped out one game, now we’re back to normal.”
Lawrence said he’ll spend the five days off with his kids, not keeping tabs on the sack leaders.
“Why should I keep up with them, they’re already paid,” he said. “I’m still trying to get paid. I can’t sit here looking like, ‘Dang, man, they’re making plays.’ I’ve got to make my own plays, so I’m not worried about any of that.”