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Lawrence Working Through Old Shoulder Injury


FRISCO, Texas – As Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars looms, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is working through a past shoulder injury that he aggravated in Week 5 against the Texans.

Lawrence said his shoulder briefly popped out of place when he hit Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, but he was able to finish the game.

"That was my first time feeling that pain," he said. "I was about to cry on the sideline, if y'all didn't notice. It wasn't hurting bad. But it feels better now."

Lawrence didn't practice Wednesday but returned Thursday with limited participation, according to the Cowboys' official injury report. He was on the field during the open portion of Friday's practice.

Lawrence is playing out a one-year franchise tag worth a guaranteed $17.1 million. Hopeful for a long-term extension after the season, the Pro Bowl pass rusher has the second most sacks in the league (5.5) through five games.

Lawrence has played through pain before. In 2016, he put off a second back surgery until after the season when he clearly wasn't close to 100 percent. The following year he responded with his first Pro Bowl season and a career-high 14.5 sacks, tied for the second most in the league.

(Update: Lawrence practiced Friday on a limited basis again and he's officially listed as questionable for Sunday's home game against Jacksonville.)