EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Patrick Crayton #84 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Per Clarence Hill at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Lyles admitted that Crayton was indeed absent from Valley Ranch, but insisted that it had nothing to do with rampant rumors concerning a potential trade. Rather, Lyles said, Crayton was working out on his own at the Michael Johnson Center in McKinney, preparing for the upcoming season regardless of what uniform he's in when it commences.
Additionally, Lyles denies that Crayton asked for a trade--according to his account, Crayton only asked to help in the process when he discovered that the team had been shopping him.