The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush just got dealt a big blow today.
According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys' defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will undergo surgery on his ailing back this offseason. The third-year pro underwent back surgery in 2015 and worked through both rehab, but was handed a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy.
He will now be forced to go under the knife for the second consecutive season.
After registering eight sacks in 2015, seven in the final eight games, Lawrence recorded just one sack in ten outings this season including his return for the NFC Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers.
His back is now a real concern, as two back surgeries in his first three seasons can be a sign of things to come for the pass rusher. How his back will hold up for the remainder of his career has yet to be seen.
This may force the Cowboys to draft high at defensive end and/or look to gain a stellar pass rusher via trade or free agency.
Source: The Dallas Morning News · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press