No timetable for Tyrone Crawford's (back) return

Summer hasn't been kind for the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line.

Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford has a back injury and won't be available for the team's first day of practice in full pads, Dallas coach Jason Garrett told reporters Monday. Crawford underwent an MRI on his back and there's no timetable for his return, Garrett said.

Garrett added that back issues have plagued Crawford in the past but the issue has flared up again.

Starting all 16 games last season, Crawford registered 35 tackles and five sacks.

Crawford's injury is a harsh sting for the Cowboys in the wake of defensive end Demarcus Lawrence's four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and Randy Gregory's suspension for the same offense. Gregory, however, is facing an additional suspension and has enrolled into a treatment program.

The decimated Dallas D-line will also currently is without the services of defensive end Benson Mayowa, who had offseason knee surgery, and rookie defensive tackle Maliek Collins. Mayowa is expected to be back before training camp is over. Collins broke his foot during the last week of OTAs and is expected to miss camp.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Purchase single game tickets for the 2022 season