DeMarcus Lawrence can’t wait for Wednesday’s practice. It will be his first since July 29 when he fractured the fifth metatarsal his right foot during a pass-rushing drill.
The rookie defensive end has spent the past 77 days rehabbing.
"I’m beyond excited, actually," Lawrence said Tuesday. "I’m going to have a lot to work on, getting back out there. Fresh legs. I feel like it’s been a long time coming. So just get back out there, work on my fundamentals and my technique and hopefully get back to normal real soon."
The Cowboys placed Lawrence on injured reserve/designated to return, and he now gets two weeks to practice before being eligible to make his NFL debut Nov. 2 against the Cardinals.
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"It got hard at times," Lawrence said. "I just had to come to the realization that I was going to be back real soon. So just sit back and just count down the days and the weeks. Now, it’s almost here again."
The Cowboys drafted Lawrence in the second round to help their pass rush. They have only 5.5 sacks, including one on a fake punt, with their defensive linemen contributing only 3.5. Defensive tackle Henry Melton leads the team with 1.5.