Cowboys training camp update: Tyrone Crawford carted off field with knee injury

7/22/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Dallas Cowboys took another big blow on the injury front during their first practice of training when Tyrone Crawford went down with what looked to be a serious leg injury, as the second-year defensive end was carted off field at in Oxnard, Calif., on Sunday.
Tyrone Crawford, who initially took second-team snaps in the first training camp practice, fell down during an individual drill, clutching his lower left leg. As Tyrone Crawford lay on the field while getting medical attention, he reportedly banged his fists to the ground in frustration and yelled out that it was his Achilles, according the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
However, the specific nature or severity of Tyrone Crawford’s leg injury is yet unknown as the Dallas Cowboys are waiting on the results of an MRI. But the Dallas Cowboys director of player personnel Stephen Jones’ comments on Sunday were also suggestive of the Dallas Cowboys fears that Tyrone Crawford might have suffered a torn Achilles tendon.
“I was actually watching it. Any time a guy falls like that in a noncontract drill, it’s not good news,” said Stephen Jones “It’s disappointing because Crawford is probably our top young defensive lineman. That’s a shame. But knowing him, he’s such a diligent worker, he’ll get right on it, and he’ll be back.”
 “Look at Barry Church, he’s running around out there. They come back from this. No doubt in my mind he’ll be back quickly.”
 Safety Barry Church suffered a torn right Achilles tendon last September, during the Dallas Cowboys’ in the third game of 2012 regular season.
The 23-year-old Tyrone Crawford played all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys last season, finishing with 20 tackles. He was projected to be a key reserve on the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line this season, having versatility to play both end and tackle. If Tyrone Crawford misses any time this season, it could hamper the Dallas Cowboys’ ability to shift from a a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 scheme this offseason. Tyrone Crawford, who is listed at 285 pounds but stands at the same height as starters DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, is the only legitimate defensive end that the Dallas Cowboys have with some size.
Tyrone Crawford missing time will leave the Dallas Cowboys thinner on the defensive line with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff already sitting out Sunday’s training camp practice with a hamstring injury, with his return date yet unknown. Jay Ratliff underwent an MRI on Sunday and will remain on the physically unable to perform list until cleared to practice.
If Tyrone Crawford’s injury is so severe that he ends up missing majority of the 2013-14 season, the Dallas Cowboys could either add help on the defensive line via free agency or move a currently under contract defensive tackle to defensive end.
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