The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t afford to miss DeMarcus Lawrence on the field this Sunday. The star defensive end missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. Although he was listed as “limited” for Friday, the Cowboys don’t hold a real practice that day under Mike McCarthy.

In other words, Lawrence essentially didn’t practice this week. However, that won’t keep him from playing versus the Minnesota Vikings today, reports NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The Cowboys couldn’t afford to miss Lawrence today. Not when the priority #1 for Dan Quinn’s defense is figuring out a way to stop the run. Over the past few games, that weakness has been exploited by opponents. And Lawrence, who remains one of the best run defenders in the league at his position, is a key part of that.

Despite playing, one has to wonder how limited he will be. Lawrence said during the week that he had injuries to both his feet AND his right knee.

When the Cowboys’ defense takes the field, they will be expecting the Vikings to run right at them from the moment they get off the bus. 

Dallas will be looking to run the football as well considering Ezekiel Elliott is also expected to play. Though Tony Pollard has been successful in his absence, there’s no questioning Kellen Moore’s offense is better off with that 1-2 punch with Zeke in the lineup.

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