DALLAS — Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford was carted off the field on a stretcher following the Bucs' second offensive play of the game.
Crawford, who entered the day second on the Cowboys with 5.5 sacks and is a team captain, lay on the AT&T Stadium turf for several moments after Adam Humphries recorded the game's first first down on an eight-yard reception.
Tests, including an MRI and CT scan, were performed at a local hospital and came back negative, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said following the Bucs' 27-20 loss to Dallas.
"From my understanding as of late, was that he was leaving the hospital and going home," Garrett said. "Obviously a very scary thing. He's one of the most respectable guys around. My thoughts are with him, but losing him wouldn't be good, initially."
The injury sucked the air out of the stadium early in the game, quieting the crowd.
"You never want to see that," Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said. "A captain, a leader, a good friend and a brother. It's a scary situation. But obviously, they gave us good news. He was moving everything when it happened. They said everything was moving, so that is positive news there. You just let him know you've got his back and you are going to be thinking about him."
It appeared that Crawford's neck was stabilized by EMTs, but he was visibly moving his legs, arms and hands before he was carted off. Most Cowboys players went onto the field as Crawford was placed on a stretcher, some taking a knee.
"It was scary for a moment," Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. "I guess the trainers told him to stay down, but I told him all that extra activity was uncalled for. He had me scared, scared. Just thank the Lord that he is alright."
Crawford received a standing ovation from the home crowd, and several Bucs players gave him a thumbs up as the cart drove by.
After the game, the Cowboys' celebrating an NFC East title was muted as players sought information on Crawford.
"You celebrate this win, then Coach Garrett gave us an update on him," Prescott said. "He is obviously in our minds, in our hearts, and in our prayers. We just want to be there for him in anyway we can."
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