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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford having shoulder surgery Thursday

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Crawford tweeted the news of the impending surgery Wednesday night:

Crawford suffered the injury in the Cowboys' Week 2 win over the Eagles but did not miss a game. He posted career highs in tackles (44, according to the coaches’ breakdown) and sacks (five) to go along with two tackles for loss, 27 quarterback pressures and one pass deflection.

In September, Crawford signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension with $25.7 million guaranteed. A third-round draft pick in 2012, the Cowboys view Crawford as a centerpiece of their defense playing the ultra-important three-technique position.

The injury limited his effectiveness, but he wanted to continue to play even knowing surgery was inevitable.

The Cowboys hope to work him back into action in the offseason program on a limited basis as he goes through his rehab.