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Good News On Tyrone Crawford's Neck Injury


ARLINGTON, Texas – All test results on defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford's injured neck were negative, the Cowboys announced after Sunday's 27-20 victory over Tampa Bay.

"Everything checks out really good. We're really pleased with the initial MRIs, all the examinations," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said.

Crawford was carted off the field at AT&T Stadium with his neck stabilized after getting hurt on the second play of the game. He showed movement in his extremities as he exited the field, however.

"He went on to the hospital and had those examinations," Jones said. "I won't have the (playing) status for next week, but we are real pleased with what we've gotten so far. And doesn't seem to have structural issues at all."

Crawford was released from the hospital and went home, the Cowboys announced late Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Jason Garrett and the entire roster went to midfield to show support for the defensive captain, who has been a versatile contributor at multiple spots on the defensive line.

"Nothing else mattered. It was just about him, making sure my brother, my Hot Boy, was all right," linebacker Jaylon Smith said. "When that happened I went back in the huddle and told 

everybody, 'We've got one reason to play for right now and one person, and that's our brother."

Crawford has 33 tackles and entered the game second on the team in sacks with 5.5. His 25 quarterback pressures also rank second on the team. More importantly, his position flex is valuable to the Cowboys, who play him at both end and tackle. 

"You never want to see that," quarterback Dak Prescott said. "A captain, a leader and a good friend, and a brother. It's a scary situation. Obviously, they gave us good news. He is definitely in our minds, in our hearts and in our prayers. We just want to be there for him anywhere we can."