Crayton to skip OTAs, but Hurd won't

When the Dallas Cowboys begin their organized team activities Monday, wide receiver Patrick Crayton will not be there.

Fred Lyles, Crayton's agent, said his client will miss the three days of voluntary workouts this week but plans on attending future OTAs and mandatory minicamps.

"The Cowboys organization was notified on Wednesday that Patrick will not attend voluntary workouts," Lyles said. "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."

Crayton, along with fellow backup wide receiver Sam Hurd, requested a trade when wide receiver Dez Bryant was drafted in the first round.

Since the draft, Hurd missed some voluntary workouts but arrived in Dallas on Sunday afternoon and plans on attending the OTAs on Monday.

"I'll do whatever I have to do to win with whatever team I'm with," Hurd said to the San Antonio Express-News. "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."

Crayton refused to comment last week when asked about his future with the team.

Lyles said he's not sending a message to the Cowboys by not having Crayton attend workouts, but it doesn't please coach Wade Phillips.

"When a player is out and not participating in the some of the voluntary stuff, I feel like it hurts them," Phillips said. "And it certainly hurts the team overall to a slight extent. Being with your teammates is such a key thing no matter what your contract situation is or even what you believed it to be. In some cases, I think it's better to be with your teammates and work alongside them."

Crayton is one of the more trusted wide receivers on the Cowboys. In 2007, he moved into the starting lineup when Terry Glenn dealt with knee injuries and compiled career highs in catches (50), yards (697) and touchdowns (seven).

That December he signed a five-year contract extension and entered the 2008 season as the starting wideout opposite Terrell Owens.

But when the Cowboys traded for Roy E. Williams, it pushed Crayton back to the bench. In 16 games, with seven starts, Crayton caught 39 passes for 550 yards and four touchdowns.

Last season, as the No. 3 receiver, Crayton finished with just one fewer catch (37) and had more yards (622 to 596) than Williams.

"Patrick is the kind of kid that works hard and he'll be prepared," quarterback Tony Romo said. "He'll be ready, and he's in a tough situation for what he thinks. I think he's doing what he thinks he needs to do."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.