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)
Patrick Crayton will miss the team's first session of organized team activities, which began today at Valley Ranch, as he continues to work out independent of the team, his agent Fred Lyles said today. Sam Hurd, however, will be in attendance.
Each of the receivers has asked the team for a trade, and Crayton has not yet shown up at Valley Ranch this offseason. However, Lyles insists that Crayton's absence is not a ploy to "send a message" to the Cowboys.
“The Cowboys organization was notified on Wednesday that Patrick will not attend voluntary workouts,” Lyles said, per ESPNDallas.com. “Patrick is excited and preparing himself for the 2010 season. We are confident that the uncertainties regarding his immediate future with the organization will be resolved in time.”
Similarly, Hurd, who arrived in Dallas on Sunday, said recently in the San Antonio Express-News that he remains focused on football despite his questionable future with the Cowboys.
"I’ll do whatever I have to do to win with whatever team I’m with. I’m with the Cowboys, so I love being with them and working as hard as I can with the Cowboys. Obviously, my goal isn’t to remain a special-teams player. I want to start and play wide receiver in the league."