FRISCO, Texas – Two new faces will be with the Cowboys when they hold their first practice back at The Star.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed Tuesday morning that DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford are both being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list, which will allow both defensive linemen to mix back into practice.
"We do anticipate DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford doing something today, working in individual," Garrett said.
Lawrence and Crawford will be limited at the outset, but this has been the plan for their recovery all along. Both players underwent offseason surgery – Lawrence on his shoulder, Crawford on his hip. And while both were absent from training camp practices in Oxnard, Calif., the plan has been to get them ready in time for the season opener on Sept. 8.
With that Week 1 game against the New York Giants still roughly three weeks away, that goal feels fairly attainable – though it will be important to see how they progress in practice.
The decision to move Lawrence and Crawford to the active roster leaves just two players on PUP at the halfway point of the preseason. Byron Jones and Noah Brown also started camp on PUP, though Garrett did not have an update for either player as of yet.
"Obviously not ready to take them off yet," Garrett said. "We'll continue to give them time. Byron, we feel like is right on schedule. Still waiting for Noah a little bit, but again taking those situations day-by-day."