The Atlanta Falcons announced today that defensive tackle Jack Crawford will go on injured reserve with a biceps injury. Crawford exited this past Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills due to the injury. It’s unknown at this time if it’s potentially a season-ending injury for Crawford, leaving open the possibility that he could return in eight weeks from short-term injured reserve.
In four games with the Falcons, Crawford played a key role as a rotational player both inside at tackle as well as seeing a few snaps at defensive end. He finishes the season with five tackles, also adding three quarterbacks.
The Falcons signed Crawford to a three-year contract at the outset of free agency this offseason to beef up their defensive line rotation.
Crawford spent the three previous seasons playing for the Dallas Cowboys, developing under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. In 2016, Crawford started 10 games for the Cowboys at defensive end, recording 25 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
The previous season as a rotational player he had a career-high of four sacks. Prior to joining the Cowboys, Crawford spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders after being drafted by the latter as a fifth-round draft pick out of Penn State in 2012.
The loss of Crawford is a substantial hit to the Falcons defensive line depth, after losing defensive ends Vic Beasley (torn hamstring) and Courtney Upshaw (ankle) two weeks ago. Both players have missed each of the last two games and could continue to remain out following the Falcons’ Week Five bye. To bolster depth the Falcons reportedly worked out several defensive linemen on Monday including defensive ends Devin Taylor, Lavar Edwards, Pat O’Connor and Jonathan Woodard and defensive linemen Sterling Bailey and Nick Williams.