Aug 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) on the sidelines during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence has foot surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence underwent surgery on his broken foot Thursday and will miss six to eight weeks, coach Mike McCarthy said.

The injury occurred Wednesday during practice and was to his fifth metatarsal, NFL Network reported.

The Cowboys (0-1) will play the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) on Sunday and could be doing so without four starters on defense. Randy Gregory is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Donovan Wilson has a lingering groin injury and La’el Collins is serving a five-game suspension because of missing drug tests.

Lawrence, 29, was a second-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2014. The two-time Pro Bowl selection appeared in all 16 games the past four seasons and has 45.5 career sacks, 305 tackles and 93 quarterback hits to go with 16 forced fumbles.

–Field Level Media

Sep 22, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) celebrates his fourth quarter sack against the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys LB Demarcus Lawrence hits PUP list following back surgery

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said linebacker Demarcus Lawrence underwent back surgery during the offseason and will open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

It was the third back surgery of Lawrence’s career, but McCarthy said Thursday it was no reason for alarm bells.

“It’s more of a cleanup, so there’s no high concern,” McCarthy said. “He looks great. It’s probably more us than him as far as the timeline of him coming back.”

Lawrence is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he recorded 58 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for Dallas, all improvements over his 2019 numbers. In his seven-year NFL career spent entirely with the Cowboys, Lawrence has recorded 300 tackles, 93 quarterback hits, 45.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and one interception.

Lawrence signed a five-year extension in 2019 worth $105 million.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle surgery) and kicker Greg Zuerlein (back surgery) are also on the PUP list to open camp as the Cowboys began workouts Thursday in Oxnard, Calif.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (90) gestures after being called for a penalty in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys clear $12M in cap space with Lawrence deal

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly created $12 million in salary-cap space Friday, money that could potentially be used to sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said the Cowboys signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a one-year voidable extension, converting $15 million of his 2020 base salary into a signing bonus and clearing $12 million in cap space this year.

According to Over The Cap, Dallas already had $17 million in cap space before this latest move. The Cowboys plan to roll the extra cap space over to 2021, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Lawrence, 28, was already under contract through 2023. The voidable year in 2024 spreads the $15 million bonus over an additional year to lessen the short-term burden for accounting purposes.

Turning his base salary into a signing bonus also ensures Lawrence that he will get paid this season even if games get canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection has 39 sacks, 242 tackles and 11 forced fumbles in 80 games (63 starts) since the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 2014.

–Field Level Media