David Helman reports that the NFL has denied Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence’s appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
This just adds to the bad news for Dallas after news broke today that LB Rolando McClain has been suspended for 10 games after he too violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Beyond that, Cowboys DE Randy Gregory will serve a four-game suspension of his own, so this is really disappointing news for Dallas.
Lawrence, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2014. He’s in the third year of his four-year, $5,506,650 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $920,604 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Lawrence appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and recorded 55 tackles, eight sacks, and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 18 edge rusher out of 110 qualifying players.