Cow­boys’ Lawrence will have shoulder surgery

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A day af­ter re­ports that he will have shoulder surgery to fix a torn labrum, Dal­las Cow­boys de­fen­sive end DeMar­cus Lawrence con­firmed Mon­day he ex­pects to miss the pre­sea­son while re­cov­er­ing in hopes of play­ing in Week 1.

Fresh off reach­ing a five-year deal to re­main in Dal­las, Lawrence said on The Rich Eisen Show that he will un­dergo surgery on Wed­nes­day af­ter putting off the pro­ce­dure while he sorted out his con­tract, re­port­edly worth $105 mil­lion.

Lawrence, 26, played through the injury in the 2018 sea­son and led the Cow­boys with 10.5 sacks. The two-time Pro Bowler has 25 sacks over the past two sea­sons, with no other Cow­boy record­ing dou­ble dig­its over the same span.

In five sea­sons in Dal­las, Lawrence has a com­bined 34 sacks and 200 tack­les in 64 games (47 starts). The Cow­boys se­lected the Boise State prod­uct in the sec­ond round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In other NFL news Mon­day: • The Kansas City Chiefs have reached agree­ment with line­backer Jeremiah At­taochu, ac­cord­ing to the sports agency Sport­sTrust that rep­re­sents the 26-year-old. At­taochu played his first four NFL sea­sons (2014-17) with the Charg­ers — three in San Diego, one in Los An­ge­les — so he is mighty fa­mil­iar with the AFC West. He had 10 sacks in 38 games (13 starts) with the Charg­ers. At­taochu was orig­i­nally picked in the sec­ond round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Charg­ers. He signed with the San Fran­cisco 49ers as a free agent in March 2018 but didn’t make the team and was re­leased. The New York Jets picked up At­taochu two days later and he had two sacks in 11 games.

• The Ari­zona Car­di­nals re­signed de­fen­sive tackle Rodney Gunter to a one-year con­tract, the team an­nounced. Gunter re­port­edly made a free-agent visit to the Green Bay Pack­ers last week.

The 27-year-old Gunter es­tab­lished ca­reer highs of 44 tack­les and 4.5 sacks last year in his fourth sea­son with the Car­di­nals.

• The Carolina Pan­thers an­nounced the sign­ing of five play­ers, high­lighted by for­mer Philadel­phia Ea­gles de­fen­sive tackle Des­tiny Vaeao and four oth­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence in the now-sus­pended Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball.

Vaeao, 25, has played parts of three sea­sons with the Ea­gles since sign­ing as an un­drafted free agent out of Wash­ing­ton State in 2016.

• The Mi­ami Dol­phins have reached a one-year deal with for­mer Cleveland Browns wide re­ceiver Ri­cardo Louis, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports.

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