Cowboys Ex Tapper Not Seriously Hurt After Driving Into Tree

Mike Fisher
February 19, 2019 - 1:01 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - A vehicle owned by defensive tackle Maliek Collins of the Dallas Cowboys was involved in a weekend crash in Plano, sources told 105.3 The Fan on Monday, with the Plano Police Department now confirming to us that the driver of the car was Charles Tapper, a former Cowboys defensive lineman who recently signed a futures contract with the New York Jets.

The incident occurred at 6:06 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Plano Parkway and Jupiter. Police say Tapper was attempting to speed through a changing red light when he hit the "rise'' in the intersection, lost control of the vehicle and the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee struck a tree.

A source indicates that Collins (who is out of town) loaned his vehicle to Tapper, who was taken to the hospital briefly for treatment of a leg injury. Police tell us their investigation revealed that alcohol was not a factor, nor did Tapper fall asleep behind the wheel.

Law enforcement officials do not plan on citing Tapper for anything more than traffic violations.

Collins, the Cowboys' third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, who has battled a serious of injuries to become a key contributor to what has become one of the NFL's top defenses.

Collins sustained a broken right foot during the first week of organized team activities as a rookie, but ended up starting 14 games. and last May underwent foot surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal fracture, causing him to be ruled out for offseason work. But when healthy in 2018, the Nebraska product was once again a full-time starter. 

Tapper, a former standout lineman at Oklahoma, was a fourth-round pick of the Cowboys’ in 2016. He only appeared in two games for the Cowboys, but Tapper was able to register 15.5 sacks while at OU and is now a candidate to make the Jets roster.