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BOISE -- Former Boise State defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will be sidelined the next 8-to-12 weeks after he fractured his foot during practice, the Dallas Cowboys confirmed on Wednesday.

Lawrence suffered the injury while trying to go to the outside of left tackle Tyron Smith on Tuesday. After going to the ground in obvious pain, he eventually got up and off under his own power despite a noticeable limp.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that Lawrence will likely undergo surgery on his right foot on Thursday. Garrett also remained optimistic that Lawrence will recover in time to make an impact this season.

"There's a lot of football left after eight-to-twelve weeks in the season," Garrett said. "He was off to a good start in training camp ... so we anticipate him being back and ready to go for us at some point."

The Cowboys traded up in the 2014 NFL Draft to select Lawrence, sending their second and third round picks to the Washington Redskins.

Lawrence registered 10.5 sacks in 12 contests for Boise State in 2013. His 0.88 sacks per game were tied for ninth most in the NCAA.

At No. 34 overall, Lawrence was this fifth highest NFL Draft pick in school history, trailing only offensive tackle Ryan Clady (No. 12), linebacker Shea McClellin (No. 19), cornerback Kyle Wilson (No. 29) and runningback Doug Martin (No. 31).

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