No sooner had the Dallas Cowboys opened training Sunday than they lost a defensive lineman for the season, an injury that drew everyone’s attention from the great weight debate surrounding Tony Romo and the little matter of whether this is “an Armageddon year” for Coach Jason Garrett.
Tyrone Crawford knew instantly he had torn his left Achilles tendon in a non-contact drill, a diagnosis later confirmed by the team. As the cart rolled onto the field in Oxnard, Calif., he angrily pounded the turf and said, “Achilles. I can’t [expletive] believe this.”
With defensive tackle Jay Ratliff hurting his hamstring during the conditioning test, the Cowboys suddenly are a little thing on the defensive line, a position owner/general manager Jerry Jones had rated a strength.
“That guy is something special,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said (via the Dallas Morning News). “It’s tough to see a guy like that going down. He was on the rise. But it’s not the end of the road. He has a long ways to go. He’s going to be one of the great ones. He has potential to be a Hall of Famer.”
Tyrone Crawford being carted off the field with a lower leg injury pic.twitter.com/7AvlfhGCSJ
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So much for the merriment surrounding Romo and whether there was, um, more of him to love/hate. There were reports that he’d tipped the scales at 236, a number that would represent his heaviest reporting weight. He questioned that figure, though, saying he’s usually at 227-230 “depending on the day you catch me.” The Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel chronicled the quarterback’s reporting weight over the years, should you want to ponder whether Romo, who has recovered from having a cyst removed from his back, should dial up Jenny Craig.
Owner/general manager Jerry Jones was doing his best to enjoy the day, letting fans try on his Super Bowl ring (no sign of Vladimir Putin). And he gave his head coach — the guy who won’t be calling plays this season — a ringing-ish endorsement,
“I look to the future with Jason and not just through his contract that we’re sitting here with right now,” Jones said. “But it is not what is implied when you say, ‘Well, this is an Armageddon year for him.’ It is not that with me.”