One week ago, the Dallas Cowboys were desperately seeking a win while welcoming back All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to aid them in taking down the New Orleans Saints in Week 13, and that’s exactly what he did. Despite having not played a regular season snap since Week 1, Lawrence showed zero signs of rust and impacted the game from the outset and throughout. Now, as they ready to visit the Washington Football Team, they’re hoping for equal or greater impact from Randy Gregory and Neville Gallimore, both being on track to return for the Cowboys first 2021 clash with their bitter NFC East rival — a team that will likely be without starting tight end Logan Thomas due to a potentially severe knee injury.
Gallimore has already been designated to return from injured reserve and simply awaits activation to the 53-man roster, and while Gregory has not yet been designated to return, the team appears ready to pull his two transaction triggers in rapid succession this week — the goal being to have him in uniform at FedEx Field on Sunday, alongside Gallimore and Lawrence, as was initially noted by CBS Sports in November.
“We’re getting a lot of great players back off the designated to return list,” team exec Stephen Jones told 105.3FM the Fan on Monday. “… This week we should get back, barring a surprise, certainly Randy Gregory and [Neville] Gallimore. So, we’re getting our guys back. We just got to continue to work at this, and hopefully these guys will start to play well and play fast together.”
So, there you have it.
As long as there aren’t any unexpected setbacks in practice this week, the Cowboys expect to get the defensive band back together on Sunday, and for the first time in 2021. For while Lawrence hadn’t played since Week 1, Gallimore hasn’t played a down all season after he suffered a severely hyperextended elbow in preseason play. In all, Gregory has been on the field with…