OXNARD, Calif. - Dallas Cowboys backup defensive end Tyrone Crawford is officially out for the season after tearing his left Achilles tendon in a noncontact individual drill during the first full workout of camp Sunday.
Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Crawford would return to the Dallas area for surgery this week. A third-round pick last year, Crawford figured to be a key backup for a unit that didn't get any help in the draft this year, even though a projected top-10 choice was available and Dallas was adding a starter on the defensive line by switching to the 4-3.
"It's a major blow to the defensive line," defensive end Anthony Spencer said of Crawford's injury. "He was going to be a big part of the defensive line this year. That's pretty much the way last year went, and it's kind of starting off that way right now."