One of the toughest things for a football player is watching a teammate go down with a potentially serious injury.
He has to get up and move to the other end of the football field to resume practice while the injured player is being tended to by medical personnel.
That was the situation Tuesday when defensive end Tyrone Crawford suffered a potentially serious ankle injury after making a tackle of running back Ezekiel Elliott. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick slammed his helmet down, curse words were uttered, a whistle blew and the team moved to the far end before Crawford was carted off with his head down.
“You don’t know what’s happening, what’s going on,” receiver Dez Bryant said. “It’s going to change the mood. We finished probably, not how we wanted to but we finished. We finished right. Hopefully he is going to be OK.”
Here are five other sights from practice.
1. Before the Crawford injury, Elliott didn’t appreciate the big hit on the tackle. It was probably the first he’s taken all camp. He threw the ball down in disgust. But it was a vintage Elliott run. He swept right then reversed field and came all the way back left for a big gainer before a lunging Crawford banged him down.
2. Tight end Jason Witten caught a nice high pass over his head and the outstretched arms of safety Byron Jones for a touchdown from Dak Prescott in 7-on-7 drills.
3. Bryant lost cornerback Nolan Carroll with a sick double move in one-on-one drills. Prescott had an easy throw for the touchdown.
4. Safety Kavon Frazier had a good day, starting with an interception of Kellen Moore in team drills. He then followed up with a nice deflection of a pass intended for tight end Geoff Swaim.
5. Kicker Dan Bailey was 6 for 6 on field goals from 31 to 46 yards Tuesday. He has not missed a kick all training camp and is now good on 30 straight attempts.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“If he sees it he does it. That is the most amazing thing about him. He is poised. If it’s a challenge he is going to dominate the challenge and give you some more. I think that is the best trait Dak got. The best trait he got is being phenomenal.” — Dez Bryant on Dak Prescott
DT Cedric Thornton (hamstring): Day-to-day
DE Tyrone Crawford (ankle): Undetermined
DE Charles Tapper (hip/ leg): Day-to-day
OL Chaz Green (shoulder): Out extended period
WR Ryan Switzer (hamstring): Day-to-day
CB Anthony Brown (hamstring): Day-to-day
CB Jourdan Lewis (hamstring): Day-to-day
OL Joe Looney (toe): Day-to-day
LB Justin Durant (Non-football injury): Day-to-day