Dallas Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford Injures Ankle At Training Camp

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The Dallas Cowboys had a scary moment on Tuesday at camp in Oxnard involving one of their mainstays on the defensive line. Starting defensive end Tyrone Crawford went down with what appeared to be a severe ankle injury during practice and had to be carted off the field and the initial prognosis was not good.

Even executive vice president Stephen Jones was uncertain of the nature of Crawford’s injury, even telling Pro Football Talk that it was “a scary one”. That said, it appears that Crawford and the Cowboys may have caught a break.

Multiple sources have reported that the injury is a lateral right ankle sprain, and not a bone

Crawford has dealt with injury issues in the past. Back in 2013, the defensive lineman from Boise State tore his Achilles in his left foot and missed a good portion of time. Since then, the former third round draft pick has been a reliable option on the line for Dallas. He finished 2016 with 35 tackles, five sacks and a pass deflection.

There is no official word yet on how much time that Crawford would miss and he is a player that the team can ill afford to lose. Defensive linemen Damontre Moore and David Irving are each suspended for the start of the 2017 season and having another injury would have made life very difficult for the Cowboys. That said, it appears that Dallas has avoided that fate for now and even Crawford was in good spirits following what happened on Tuesday night.

The Cowboys will take on the Los Angeles Rams at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum on Saturday in the second game of the preseason.

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