The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Crawford, who played in 19 games and had 18 tackles for the Raiders over the last two seasons, is primarily a defensive end but has the versatility to also play tackle. He caught the Cowboys’ eye during the joint practices between Dallas and Oakland at training camp.
The Cowboys traded up to draft Lawrence with the 34th overall pick early in the second round because they identified him as the last available edge pass-rusher in the draft ready to make an immediate impact, a glaring need after Dallas released DeMarcus Ware, the franchise’s all-time sacks leader. But Lawrence broke his right foot while being blocked by Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith early in training camp and had to undergo surgery.
Dallas opted to use its lone short-term injured reserve spot on Lawrence. He will be ineligible to practice for six weeks.