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Broncos in the NFL: Tyrone Crawford bounces back from injury

Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.

The Dallas Cowboys put a camera on former Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford’s helmet this week. Check out the video here.

Crawford, a third-round draft pick in 2012, was a backup as a rookie but missed his entire second year with a torn Achilles tendon. He was injured in the first practice of last year’s training camp.

Crawford says he used the time off the field wisely.

“I got a lot done this offseason,” he told ESPN.com. “I know a lot of people think when people get injured they don’t do anything, but I did a lot this offseason and throughout the season last year. It was definitely a tough time for me, going through that injury, my first season-ending injury. I’d never sat out more than a game before, so I’ve got a lot done, a lot of learning and I’m definitely excited to be back.”

Crawford is playing end and tackle. He began camp with the second team.

“I feel real confidence,” he told ESPN.com. “ I feel the possibilities are endless for me and this entire defense, actually.”

Crawford told DallasNews.com that he will help another former Bronco, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, handle his own injury. Lawrence is out 8-12 weeks with a broken foot.

“I feel for him,” Crawford said. “I was there last year with the Achilles. I told him everything that I heard that was positive for me and what helped me get through it. I’m going to be shooting him a text and giving him a call, make sure that he’s staying up and make sure he stays in the books.”

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