The season has not even started for the Dallas Cowboys and they have already lost a player for the season. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford suffered a torn Achilles’ on the first day of training camp and will miss the entire 2013 season.
Crawford was the 81st pick in the 2012 draft, and was marked in as Dallas’ No. 3 end behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. At 6-foot-4, 275. Crawford was expected to play a larger role on defense this season.
The injury occurred during a non-contact drill, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.
Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram adds that Crawford was performing a slalom drill against tackling dummies when he went down and immediately yelled “Achilles”.
“I can’t … believe this!” Crawford said as he pounded his hand into the ground.
When practice was over veteran defensive end Jason Hatcher, who was not aware of the diagnosis, likened the injury to the same one that former Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis suffered during the 2006 season.
“It looked pretty bad. I don’t want to lie,” Hatcher said. “I’ve seen that before. Greg Ellis, I’ve seen him go down the same way. Hopefully it’s just a strained calf and not an Achilles.”