The Dallas Cowboys took in an extra week of training camp because of playing in the Hall of Fame game in a few weeks, but the early practices made their players vulnerable to injury for a longer amount of time. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it seems like defensive end Tyrone Crawford could miss significant time after suffering what appeared to be a serious injury during the team’s first practice.
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Crawford “banged his fist to the ground” in frustration after going down with a lower leg injury and receiving medical attention.
Crawford was eventually carted off the field.
The 2012 third-round pick was to be a big part of the teams defensive end rotation as they switch to the 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, so their depth will take an obvious hit if the injury is severe. It will also rob Crawford of much needed time to make the transition.
During the first practice of training camp, starting defensive tackle Jay Ratliff also suffered a tweaked hamstring.