It's do-or-die for Dallas Cowboys edge rusher Tyrone Crawford, once a high-potential third-round pick out of Boise State.
The 27-year-old from Windsor, Canada signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension with the Cowboys two years ago.
The original hope from the team was that he could become the central piece in their 4-3 defensive scheme. However, wrote the Dallas News, Crawford has been steady but "not overwhelming," as he's bounced back and forth between defensive tackle and end.
It also hasn't helped that Crawford has frequently dealt with injuries. He underwent shoulder surgery for a second consecutive offseason in January that limited him this offseason. Last season he missed two games. That's not to mention 2013's devastating injury.
Crawford is still searching for that breakout campaign after struggling with injuries over the last four seasons. He missed all of 2013 after tearing his Achilles on the first day of training camp.
The News projects Crawford to suit up at the left defensive end position with end David Irving suspended the first four games of 2017 and end DeMarcus Lawrence recovering from a second consecutive offseason back surgery.
And this time around it's certain that another injury could have a major impact on his future in Dallas.
To date, Crawford has registered 116 tackles and 12.5 sacks over four seasons in Jerry World.