The Dallas Cowboys worst fear has been confirmed. A few hours after defensive end Tyrone Crawford was carted off the field on the first day of practice with what was described as a lower leg injury, the Cowboys have confirmed that the 2012 third-round pick has suffered a torn Achilles tendon. The news came from Cowboys Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones.
From Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:
Stephen Jones confirms that Tyrone Crawford suffered season-ending torn Achilles. Points to Barry Church as proof can come back strong.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 22, 2013
The injury seemed to be serious whenever the cart was brought out and Crawford was receiving medical attention. He was in obvious pain and was seen pounding the ground with his first in frustration.
Crawford was to be a part of the team’s defensive end rotation behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
With the injury, the Cowboys depth takes a serious hit as they look to transition to the 4-3 scheme under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.