Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, and if you’re a Dallas fan who didn’t even know he was hurt, you’re not alone. Turns out Lawrence has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder for the past two seasons.
The Pro Bowl star made that surprising revelation Friday to the Dallas Morning News, after revealing he was in severe pain during last week’s game.
“This is the first time it popped out on me last week,” Lawrence told the Morning News. “I was about to cry on the sidelines if y’all didn’t notice. It was hurting bad. It feels better now.
“It’s been torn two years ago and you never knew it, right? I’ll work through it like any other injury.”
Lawrence, who was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday, wore a shoulder harness and will probably opt for that protection if he plays Sunday.
“Strap it up and see how it feels before the game, if it’s not able to go, I won’t go,” Lawrence said, “but if I’m able to go I’ll be out there. It’s holding up for the most part.”
Lawrence, 26, made his first Pro Bowl last season when he had 14 1/2 sacks, and he’s on pace to surpass that this year with 5 1/2 through five games. It’s remarkable he’s been able to accomplish that playing through such an injury. The labrum is a piece of fibrocartilage in the shoulder socket that helps hold the ball of the joint in place. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how wrestling with muscular 320-pound offensive linemen could cause problems there.
Lawrence told the Morning News he will consider surgery to repair the problem in the offseason.