The Dallas Cowboys received quite the scare during Tuesday’s practice when Tyrone Crawford went down with an injury following a collision with running back Ezekiel Elliott. Crawford was very emotional when he went down. Star wide receiver Dez Bryant said that it changed the entire mood of practice.
Lateral ankle sprain for Tyrone Crawford. Nothing severe. Won't do anything for balance of preseason but may be ready for Week 1. #Cowboys
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 9, 2017
The lateral ankle sprain is a positive for Dallas as it could have been much worse. No timetable for the injury has been set but one would expect he won’t play until opening weekend against the New York Giants.
I want to thank everyone for the prayers🙏🏾! I'll bounce back from this and will be out there putting in #WorkK soon!
— Tyrone Crawford 🇨🇦 (@TCrawford98) August 9, 2017
So where does this leave the position group?
Taco Charlton should be getting more snaps in Crawford’s place at the left defensive end (strong side) spot. Charlton didn’t have the best outing but with just one game it was a learning experience that the team expects to build on. Speculation here is that Charlton focuses on the left side while Charles Tapper gets more time on the weak side.
The team is trying to figure out who is going to be their pass rush specialist this season. Not much is being made about Benson Mayowa but he is the reigning sack leader on this team. Demarcus Lawrence has been getting most of the coverage.
Lawrence is healthy and going into a contract year so he will garner a lot of attention. So far he looks explosive in practice but the Cowboys are going to need that energy in the games. Fans should look for Lawrence to play a series to two this Saturday when the Cowboys take on the Los Angeles Rams.