Tyrone Crawford will be placed on injured reserve with the defensive end set to have hip surgery to alleviate an issue that has bothered him since late last season, according to multiple sources. Crawford, a starter since 2014, missed the entire offseason program and training camp hoping rehab would help the problem but he has played in pain since the season began. Inactive for two games, he had a sack, two tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in four contests.
DallasCowboys.com has also confirmed this.
The Cowboys have had a serious problem with their defensive line, with issues both stopping the run and getting to the passer. Crawford has been used both as a defensive end and a 3T tackle. While his production has certainly been limited, his versatility is valued by the team. Now the staff must figure out how to shore things up with him out.
This probably means that second round draft pick Trysten Hill will be seeing a lot more time on the active roster. He has not had the most impressive of starts to his career.
The Cowboys now have to decide what to do to fill the hole. If they elect to stick with another defensive lineman, which is more likely with Dorance Armstrong having left the last game with an injury, they could look internally to practice squad member Daniel Wise.
It also might open up the possibility of a trade to acquire an outside player. While there is little chance of landing someone who could make even a fraction of the difference Amari Cooper did last year, it might give things a bit of a spark.
All that is to be determined, of course. We will keep you posted.