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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Tyrone Crawford still dealing with pain

By Calvin Watkins

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- One of the promising defensive line players the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster is third-year defensive end Tyrone Crawford.

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Crawford tore his Achilles tendon in a non-contact drill in the first training camp practice last summer. Crawford is participating in the organized team activities now, but is still dealing with some health issues.

"It's feeling good," he said Tuesday at the Cowboys' annual golf tournament for it's sponsors and players. "It's still sore but I'm starting to get used to being at practice and going up against an offensive lineman. (It's) definitely weaker than I expected it to be at this point and sometimes I try to put my foot down and it doesn't hold up as well as I wanted it to. I'm going to get through OTAs and make sure I get with my trainers and go through my rehab and I will probably feel good by training camp."

Crawford isn't the first Cowboys' player to recover from a torn Achilles. In 2006, defensive end Greg Ellis tore his Achilles and after dealing with some pain in training camp the next season, was able to rebound. Ellis was named the Associated Press' NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Safety Barry Church tore his Achilles in 2012 and returned the next season to lead the Cowboys in tackles.

Crawford said he doesn't plan on starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list and understands recovering from such a serious injury takes time.

"I've talked to a lot of people who've had Achilles injuries and they've told me its usually a year thing or maybe even (for) some people, over a year. It didn't feel good," he said. "You learn a lot from your rookie year, that's how I was last year. You need to get out there when my body wasn't feeling it."