The Dallas Cowboys now have a serious problem on their hands, as their defensive line took another hit yesterday.
With the Cowboys' pass-rush already suffering the loss of Randy Gregory to suspension, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was hit with his own four-game ban after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News:
"Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, sources said.
The Cowboys have not been notified of the impending suspension, which means Lawrence and his representatives are in the process of challenging the ruling. But several sources said all indications are that the club will be without its starting left defensive end to open the season."
If the suspension is to be imposed before the start of the season, that would leave the Cowboys without their sack-leader from last season to begin the 2016 season. The team currently has only two defensive ends to help ease the impact of these suspensions, so Jack Crawford and newcomer Benson Mayowa could very well wind up being the starters.
The team did host defensive end Jason Jones this offseason, but he left without a contract from the Cowboys. He remains a possibility to sign with the team. The options are slim on the free agent market as far as pass-rushers go, and it appears the team is not going to re-sign the locker room cancer known as Greg Hardy to another deal.
This might put pressure on the team to draft a defensive end with their coveted No.4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The team will likely use the pick to address their needs at defensive end, or cornerback. This would mean that either Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey would be on the docket, however this latest development may force the Cowboys' hand.
Either way, this is not a good situation for the Cowboys.
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