Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford (98) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford retiring; Sean Lee next?

Veteran defensive end Tyrone Crawford is retiring, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday.

Linebacker Sean Lee is in talks with the team about his future, too, McCarthy said.

Crawford, 31, had been with the Cowboys since 2012, when they selected him in the third round of the draft from Boise State. In nine seasons, he had 25 sacks, 194 tackles (33 for loss) and 65 quarterback hits in 112 games (79 starts).

He missed 12 games in 2019 after undergoing hip surgery and struggled to return to form in 2020.

Crawford miss the 2013 season due to a torn Achilles.

Linebacker Lee, another long-tenured member of the Cowboys, also could retire.

Lee was a second-round selection by Dallas in the 2010 NFL Draft, but his career has been beset by injuries. In 11 seasons, he’s played in just 118 of 176 possible games, losing the 2014 season to a torn ACL. He has played all 16 games just once (2019).

In his career, the 34-year-old Lee has 802 tackles (60 for loss), 15 quarterback hits, 14 interceptions and four sacks.

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