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Cowboys-Owned Vehicle Apparently Involved In Crash

February 19, 2019 - 6:09 am

By Mike Fisher & RJ Choppy

FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) - A vehicle owned by Maliek Collins of the Dallas Cowboys was involved in a weekend crash in Plano, sources told 105.3 The Fan on Monday, but Collins, a starting defensive tackle, was apparently not behind the wheel or involved in the accident.

It's possible, however, that the driver was Charles Tapper, a former Cowboys defensive lineman who recently signed a futures contract with the New York Jets. A source indicates that Collins (who is out of town) may have loaned his vehicle to Tapper and that police are investigating whether sobriety and/or falling asleep behind the wheel are involved here.

Law enforcement officials have yet to confirm the incident, which we are told occurred Sunday evening. The accident could mean medical and legal trouble for whoever was driving. But sources close to the situation indicate that person is not 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.