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Cowboys’ Tyrone Crawford Goes Down With Ankle Injury

The Dallas Cowboys and their hopes for the season took a scary turn in Tuesday’s practice after defensive end Tyrone Crawford went down with an apparent ankle injury while tackling running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The early diagnosis, per the Dallas Cowboys’ website, is a lateral right ankle sprain, not a bone fracture. Crawford himself tweeted hours later that he would “bounce back” from the injury.

Cowboys Nation dodged a bullet with the injury which, if had been worse such as if he actually fractured his ankle, it would have been a devastating blow for their already fragile defense. Missing time this season due to off-the-field issues are Randy Gregory, Damontre Moore and David Irving.

The 27-year-old Crawford was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 81st overall. He played college football at Bakersfield College and then Boise State.

With the injury comes the oft-heard athletic words, “next man up.” Crawford has endured shoulder injuries requiring post-season surgeries and if he misses extended time, it is indeed next man up. And that next man is first-round draftee Taco Charlton who has been working at both left and right defensive end throughout camp. He will need to become a bigger part of the Cowboys’ defensive line rotation.

In the meantime, it’s wait and see for the Cowboys.


Credentialed media member and writer covering the Dallas Stars. | Dorothy J Gentry is an educator and journalist covering the NBA, Mavericks, WNBA, Wings and Dallas area sports & entertainment for Texas Metro News,, Garland Journal, Dallas Sports Fanatic & others. She is a member of the NABJ Sports Task Force.

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