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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence expected to play after negative MRI

02 NOV 2014: Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Demarcus Lawrence (90) [11489] after the NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Arizona defeats Dallas 28-17.
Photographer: Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire

The Dallas Cowboys got some fantastic news regarding defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on Tuesday. Apparently an MRI he had on his injured shoulder Monday came back negative and he does not have a serious injury. He’s expected to play against the Philadelphia Eagles when the team returns from their bye week.

Lawrence, the team’s leading pass rusher in 2015, was only back on the field for one full game before suffering the injury to his shoulder this past week against the Green Bay Packers. He missed the first four games of the season this year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy previously.

In his Week 5 return, he played just 19 snaps as the team slowly worked him back into the lineup. In Week 6, he finished with 29 snaps but left the field voluntarily to be evaluated by the medical staff after suffering the injury. As you can imagine, the Cowboys were holding their breathe hoping for good news. And Tuesday’s results were about as good as they could have gotten.

The Cowboys can now use their bye week to get Lawrence completely healthy and back to the form that helped him lead the Dallas pass rusher last year.

They could certainly use him and his pass rush abilities. The Cowboys haven’t had much to complain about their team this year, but getting to the quarterback has been the one thing that they need to improve on. At this point they are 20th in the NFL with just 11 team sacks.

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