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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Patrick Crayton returns to Cowboys Stadium

By Calvin Watkins

ARLINGTON, Texas -- San Diego Chargers wide receiver Patrick Crayton played his first game against his former team Sunday night.

In 82 games with the Dallas Cowboys, Crayton had 196 catches for 2,888 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Crayton, who was outspoken at times during his six seasons with the Cowboys, had just one catch for nine yards and dropped the first pass directed his way from quarterback Philip Rivers. Crayton was also a team captain.

"It felt good," said Crayton, a DeSoto, Texas native. "Happy to be back for a little bit. It was just good to be back to see some old teammates, some old friends. Good to practice against these guys and continue as a team."

Crayton rebounded from the drop with a nifty one-handed grab on the Chargers' second possession of the game. Eventually, the Chargers would get the first score of the game on that drive, a Nate Kaeding 25-yard field goal.

"He made up for it with a great one-handed catch there the next drive," Rivers said of Crayton. "We're glad we have him. We're glad he's on our side. He's made a bunch of big plays for us last year, and he'll be a big part of what we'll do this year."