IRVING, Texas– Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford is expected to have shoulder surgery Thursday.
Crawford tweeted Wednesday night he was set for surgery:
Following the Cowboys' 34-23 loss to the Redskins in the season finale this past Sunday, Crawford said he wasn't sure yet whether surgery was needed. The fourth-year defensive tackle said he played with a rotator cuff injury since Week 2 against Philadelphia.
"It was difficult but it wasn't like I didn't want to be out there with my guys," he said. "I didn't want to be off the field. I tried not to use it as an excuse and just tried to get better and better every game.
"I'm going to bounce back and it's not going to take me a long time."
The Cowboys signed Crawford to a five-year, $45 million contract just before the season opener. Starting all 16 games, he had a career-high 44 tackles and finished third on defense with a career-high five sacks to go along with 27 quarterback pressures.