|Team:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 224 lb.|
|Born:||January 8, 1993|
|Drafted:||2014 / UDFA|
The Raiders placed Crowell (Achilles) on injured reserve Friday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This news seemed inevitable after word surfaced that Crowell suffered a torn Achilles while working out Monday. The veteran tailback was considered an option to take over the starting role for the Raiders this season, though he was slated to be in competition with first-round pick Josh Jacobs. Jacobs should now be viewed as the top candidate to start in the backfield, though the Raiders also sport the likes of Jalen Richard, Doug Martin, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren on the roster and it wouldn't be surprising if the team adds another veteran. Crowell, who was on a one-year contract, will aim to be healthy for the 2020 season either in Oakland or elsewhere.
Crowell suffered a torn Achilles on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports
Analysis: Signed to a one-year contract earlier this offseason, Crowell figures to miss all of 2019 after tearing his Achilles during a team workout. First-round pick Josh Jacobs is left with minimal competition for carries, though the Raiders likely will add a veteran to their backfield before Week 1. The 26-year-old Crowell should at least have time to get healthy before the 2020 offseason, at which point he may need to find a new team.
Crowell is facing serious competition in the backfield after Oakland used the No. 24 overall pick on Josh Jacobs, Josh Dubow of The Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Given his draft status and well-rounded skill set, Jacobs instantly becomes the favorite for the Week 1 start, while Jalen Richard remans the best bet to handle obvious passing situations. Crowell, on the other hand, may need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, as his one-year contract contains only $300,000 guaranteed, per overthecap.com. The 26-year-old had a career-high mark of 4.8 yards per carry last season with the Jets, but he did most of his damage in three games and was otherwise ineffective before a toe injury forced him to injured reserve Dec. 14. He does at least seem to be healthy for the offseason program, where he'll battle with DeAndre Washington, Chris Warren and a few other players for one or two roster spots.
Crowell has signed a one-year deal with the Raiders worth up to $2.5 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With veteran backs Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin still unsigned at this stage, Crowell fills a pressing void in the Oakland backfield. The 5-foot-11, 225-pounder logged 143 carries for 685 yards and six TDs in 13 games with the Jets last season, adding 21 catches for 152 yards. Crowell now figures to slot in as the Raiders' top early-down back, with Jalen Richard slated to continue to see plenty of change-f-pace work. DeAndre Washington remains on hand in a reserve capacity, while Chris Warren and James Butler round out the team's RB depth chart as the NFL Draft approaches.
Crowell is scheduled to visit the Raiders on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Crowell was released by the Jets at the beginning of the league year despite matching a career-high mark of 4.8 yards per carry during his lone season in New York. He essentially had three big games and 10 quiet ones, then missed the final three weeks of the season with a foot injury. Crowell would be a competent replacement for Marshawn Lynch on early downs, though it isn't quite clear Lynch won't return.
Crowell was released by the Jets on Thursday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Crowell was already a candidate to be released before the Jets brought in Le'Veon Bell due to concerns of him being a poor cultural fit with the organization, according to Bo Wulf of the Athletic, and the superstar's insertion may have made management's decision to cut Crowell even easier. While the Jets will now move forward with Bell and Eli McGuire atop the depth chart, Crowell will have to search for a new home in the wake of a three-year stretch in which the Alabama State product averaged a pretty 4.6 yards per carry while playing on depressing Jets and Browns teams.
The Jets may move on from Crowell (toe) during the offseason, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.
Analysis: Signed to a three-year, $12 million contract last offseason, Crowell finished his first year in New York with 4.8 yards per carry, but he was hindered by injuries for the first time in his NFL career and did most of his damage in just three or four games. His memorable 219-yard performance in Week 5 was followed by six consecutive games with less than 50 rushing yards, and he eventually finished out the season on injured reserve with a toe injury. The Jets may decide to move in a different direction even if they pass on adding a big-name running back like Le'Veon Bell or Tevin Coleman. The team has more than enough cap space to make a run at signing Bell, but it might not be the best use of resources given the long list of weaknesses throughout the roster.
Crowell (toe) is being placed on injured reserve Friday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Crowell was already ruled out for Saturday's game against the Texans -- marking the first absence of his NFL career -- but will now miss the final three games of the season. The 25-year-old will finish the 2018 season with 143 carries for 685 yards (4.8 YPC) and two touchdowns while adding 21 receptions for 152 yards. Elijah McGuire should be first in line for backfield duties with Trenton Cannon also in the mix, though Cannon is questionable with a toe injury for Saturday.
Crowell (toe) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Texans, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: With Crowell unavailable this weekend, some combo of Elijah McGuire (ankle) and/or Trenton Cannon will handle the team's Week 15 backfield duties, with McGuire's status worth monitoring, given that he's officially listed as questionable by the Jets.
Crowell (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Analysis: Crowell's status for Saturday's game against the Texans thus remains cloudy, but fortunately for the Jets, both Elijah McGuire (ankle) and Trenton Cannon (toe) returned to practice Wednesday after being listed as non-participants Tuesday. Added clarity with regard to the team's Week 15 backfield situation should arrive after Thursday's practice, the team's last session in advance of Saturday's tilt.
Crowell (foot) wasn't spotted on the field for the portion of Wednesday's practice that was open to the media, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Crowell is slated to go down as a non-participant in practice for the second straight day, clouding his status for Saturday's game against the Texans. All three of the Jets' running backs on the 53-man roster are banged up at the moment, but both Elijah McGuire (ankle) and Trenton Cannon (toe) seem to be further along in their respective recoveries, as the two donned helmets and were working out on the side Wednesday. The Jets will presumably wait and see what Crowell is able to do at the team's final practice Thursday before rendering a verdict on his status for the weekend.
Crowell (foot) was listed as a non-participant at Tuesday's practice, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Analysis: The listing wasn't unexpected after Crowell failed to work out with teammates on the field in the portion of practice that was available to the media. Perhaps more noteworthy, Crowell was spotted with a walking boot covering his left foot, per Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record, suggesting he may be dealing with something more significant than minor soreness after exiting the Week 14 win over the Bills. Crowell hasn't missed any games this season but has been a mainstay on the Jets' injury reports with foot, toe and ankle issues, so his latest related setback could prompt the team to take a cautious approach with him down the stretch. If Crowell ends up sitting out or having his workload limited during the Jets' final three games, Elijah McGuire would handle the brunt of the carries.
Crowell (foot) was not spotted during Tuesday's practice session, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Crowell's absence from the first day of practice is not a great sign after coach Todd Bowles reported him feeling "pretty sore" Monday. The starting running back exited Sunday's game against the Bills after logging just two carries on five snaps due to a toe injury that held him to just one limited practice session last week. The Jets have one fewer day to recover this week with a Saturday game on tap against the Texans, so look for increased participation from Crowell either Wednesday or Thursday to improve his chances of suiting up.
Coach Todd Bowles said Crowell (foot) is feeling "pretty sore" Monday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Crowell was removed from Sunday's 27-23 win over Buffalo after playing just five snaps, finishing with two carries for five yards and one reception for two yards. He'd been listed as questionable due to a toe injury after managing just one limited practice (Friday) during the week. With the Jets now on a short week heading into Saturday's game against Houston, it may be difficult for Crowell to avoid an absence. Elijah McGuire took advantage Sunday in Buffalo with 83 yards and a score on 20 touches (three catches), while No. 3 back Trenton Cannon managed just seven yards on six touches but also found the end zone.
Crowell was forced out of Sunday's game against the Bills with a foot injury.
Analysis: Prior to his exit, Crowell had logged two carries for five yards and caught one pass for two yards. Elijah McGuire is next up for the Jets' carries while Crowell is sidelined.
Crowell (toe) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: Crowell only managed one limited practice this week while contending with the toe issue that could be linked to the foot injury he battled through much of October. The prior concern didn't force any absences, and it doesn't appear that his latest issue will either. Crowell should fill his usual starting role out of the backfield, though his volume remains volatile on a weekly basis due to both game flow and the Jets' desire to give opportunities to second-year man Elijah McGuire.
Crowell (toe) is expected to play Sunday against the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Crowell missed the week's first two practices before logging a limited session Friday. If the Jets feel Crowell is less than 100 percent, we could see Elijah McGuire share backfield duties against Buffalo in Week 14.
Crowell (toe) returned to practice Friday as a limited participant and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cimini believes the limited practice session puts Crowell on track to play, but we may not know for certain until the Jets release their inactive list Sunday morning. An absence would leave Elijah McGuire as the leader of the Gang Green backfield, with Trenton Cannon providing depth. The Jets will probably sign a fourth running back by Saturday evening if they're truly worried about Crowell missing the game.
Crowell (toe) was spotted with a helmet at Friday's practice, according to Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site.
Analysis: Crowell did not practice the last two days, but it appears he will be able to get some work in Friday. The Jets will reveal his Week 14 status at some point after practice concludes, but it was reported Thursday that a final call on his availability is not likely to come until game day.
Crowell (toe) is trending toward being a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Bills after missing practice again Thursday, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
Analysis: Fortunately for those considering Crowell in Week 14 lineups, the Jets kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. If he's unable to play Sunday, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon would be next up for the Jets' backfield touches.
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