Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford was carted off the field during practice on Tuesday. Crawford suffered an injury where his ankle turned 90 degrees. You can (click here) to see the image if you dare but I’d suggest not looking at it.
Losing Crawford for any significant amount of time would be a big loss for Dallas. The 27-year-old lineman carries the third highest cap number on the Cowboys’ roster. He finished third on the team in sacks last year and second in tackles for loss.
The Cowboys are already facing a number of issues at defensive end. The team’s best pass rusher, David Irving, is suspended for the first four games of the season. 2015 second-round pick will miss at least the entire season due to suspension. Backup defensive end Damontre Moore got hit with a two-game suspension this summer.
Dallas was already expected to have one of the NFL’s worst pass rushes heading into this season. Suspensions and injuries can only make it worse.
It seems like the Cowboys could be primed to get off to a slow start this year. Their pass rush situation isn’t looking good. Even worse, Dallas could reportedly be missing the best player on their team, Ezekiel Elliott, for up to six games. The absence of Zeke will make it harder for the Cowboys to hide their defense.
After going 13-3 in 2016, it’s hard not to imagine the Cowboys are poised take a step back in 2017.