Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford had to be carted off the field with a right ankle injury during Tuesday’s practice, but an early diagnosis has shown no break in his ankle, the team announced Wednesday.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 9, 2017
Crawford was reportedly diagnosed with a lateral ankle sprain and is expected to be ready for the team’s regular season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 10, according to Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram.
The five-year veteran was projected to be the team’s starting right defensive end, and had been developing into a leader in the locker room.
“He’s one of the leaders on this team, leader of the defensive line group,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Certainly a huge part of this team.”
The Cowboys can’t afford to lose any more starters on the defensive side of the ball, and will already be without defensive linemen David Irving and Damontre Moore for the start of the 2017 season due to suspensions.
Crawford, 27, recorded 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and six tackles for a loss in 2016.
I want to thank everyone for the prayers🙏🏾! I’ll bounce back from this and will be out there putting in #WorkK soon!
— Tyrone Crawford 🇨🇦 (@TCrawford98) August 9, 2017