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DeMarcus Lawrence return date not set

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is in the early stages of his comeback from right foot surgery and is not ready to say when he will be able to return.

Lawrence, who remains on crutches, will be re-examined on Sept. 4 and is looking at possibly missing three to six regular-season games.

“It feels great,” Lawrence said. “Surgery went well, I’m glad it happened now than later. Just going on a day-to-day basis with the treatment and getting that done so we can get back on the field.”

Lawrence was hurt in a one-on-one pass-rush drill against left tackle Tyron Smith. He said he knew immediately the injury was bad

“Trying to rush the edge, bend the corner and went on the side of my foot wrong and it popped,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence was starting to work in with the first-team defense when he was hurt. The Cowboys lack a true right defensive end without Lawrence. Jeremy Mincey is the starter and the Cowboys will use outside linebacker Kyle Wilber as a pass-rusher in the nickel defense.

“It set me back a little physically, not being out there with the team,” Lawrence said. “I know I’m going to have to be into my playbook and the weight room now. On the mental side, getting into the playbook and learning all the plays and making sure I’m up to date so when I come back I have no problems.”