Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford injured his right shoulder in Week 2 against the Philadelphia Eagles but played through the injury all season. Crawford announced Thursday he had offseason surgery.
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Crawford in Good Spirits After Surgery
Thursday, Jan. 7
Crawford confirmed the surgery on Twitter:
Tyrone Crawford 🇨🇦 @TCrawford98
Surgery went great and got my fiancé by my side! Life is great! Thanks for the prayers ... https://t.co/NLQAqn7Hwi https://t.co/GNJuaGyo381/7/2016, 6:36:45 PM
Despite playing all 16 games and recording 23 tackles and five sacks, he was in such pain during the season at times that he had trouble lifting his arm to brush his teeth, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News:
They had talked to me at midseason and told me the situation and I still wanted to be out there. I didn't want to be off the field. I tried not to use it as an excuse and tried to get better and better every day. I feel like as my shoulder was feeling good, I played better.
I'm going to bounce back and it's not going to take me a long time regardless of what happens.
Crawford signed a five-year, $45 million extension in September that included a $10 million signing bonus and a total of $17.4 million guaranteed. He was third on the team in sacks and tackle yards for a loss, trailing only Greg Hardy and DeMarcus Lawrence in both categories.