Demarcus Lawrence is likely to have a broken leg and not play until November, and Randy Gregory, who started the defensive end, lost to COVID-19 this week and Rael Collins’ five games have just begun to be suspended.
If the Dallas Cowboys feel like 2020, the Star Quarterback doesn’t want to go there when Dak Prescott’s ankle fracture shows some significant injuries in the attack.
“I’m not going to sit here and think about last year and compare the two or worry about going down the slope,” Prescott said Thursday, the day after Lawrence was actually injured. “That was then, this is now. We know that what we have must be better.”
Last year was a steep hill, but Prescott’s three most important offensive linemen couldn’t play together due to various injuries, and Blake Jarwin, the tight end they just made a financial commitment to, , Lost in the opening round due to a knee injury. ..
The Cowboys finished 6-10 with Mike McCarthy’s Dallas debut. This time, their bad news about personnel has skyrocketed since the opening round of encouragement. Dallas lost in the last second field goal, defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay 31-29.
In addition to Lawrence, the game’s fourth starter, receiver Michael Gallup, spends at least three weeks on the disabled list after straining the calf against the Buccaneers.
Dallas (0-1) will visit the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) on Sunday, waiting for Justin Herbert of the NFL Offensive Blue Key of the Year.
Behind Gregory and Lawrence, the other five currently active defensive ends have a total of 10 career sack. Taller Basham, a fifth-year player signed as a free agent by the New York Jets, has 7 1/2 of them.
The injured rash killed even one of the coaches. Defensive line assistant coach Leon Lett, who played for the team that won the Super Bowl in Dallas in the 1990s, tore his quadriceps when he was caught in a block sledge on Wednesday. Lett had surgery, as Lawrence did.
“The reality of that is that this is the way it goes from year to year,” McCarthy said. “It’s a matter of numbers. As I said, injuries are very personal to the individual. But in the team concept and team environment, we are focusing on the next man, the chance. . “
Cowboys may not have a fifth starter from the opener if safe Donovan Wilson is unable to recover from an inguinal injury that has hindered practice so far this week. Another safety starter, Damontae Kazee, was added to Thursday’s injury report due to a thigh problem.
“It’s going to happen, and we need to keep moving forward,” said receiver Amari Cooper, who received 139 yards to Tampa Bay, the most opener of his seven-year career. “Keep acclimatizing. I feel everything will be cool.”
Just as the Cowboys seemed to play together in the Top 3 Offensive Lineman for the first time since 2019, Collins was stopped the day after the Tampa game because he violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Dallas has some good news with the return of four all-pro right-guard Zack Martin, who missed the opening round after showing a positive COVID-19 five days before the match. ..
Collins missed everything last year due to a back problem, and left tackle Tyron Smith was limited to two games due to a neck injury. Martin played 10 low-career games while fighting the calf problem. Now these three can’t play together before Halloween.
But at least the Cowboys can say that most of the aggressive players are currently healthy. So far this year, it’s the defense’s turn to deal with injuries.
“We trust that side,” Prescott said. “We trust that side of the ball and everything they do, so we have to play complementary football to help them.”