DeMarcus Lawrence to practice this week

IRVING, Texas –Rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be on the field for the first time since training camp when the Dallas Cowboys return to practice on Wednesday.

Lawrence suffered the injury on July 29 while in one-on-one pass rush drills with Tyron Smith and had surgery a few days later. The Cowboys placed him on short-term injured reserve, which will keep him out for the first eight weeks of the season but he can start practice Wednesday.

“He’s done really well,” coach Jason Garrett said of Lawrence’s rehab. “Worked hard, so we’re hopeful he can do some football stuff on Wednesday and get himself moving forward.”

Lawrence make his season debut on Nov. 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cowboys will have to create an opening on the 53-man roster once he is eligible to play. In camp, Lawrence, whom the Cowboys took with the 34th overall pick after a draft-day trade with the Washington Redskins, was proving to be the best pass rusher before the injury.

The Cowboys' defensive line has only 3.5 sacks through six games and as a team the Cowboys have just seven.

Lawrence does not have pressure to play every snap, but the Cowboys need him to affect the quarterback.

“We’ll see what kind of role he can have,” Garrett said. “He was certainly doing some good things before he got hurt, and we’re optimistic about his future and his ability to contribute this year. But his job is to get himself healthy, get himself going again, get his feet underneath him and trying to improve as a football player.”