The Bills have activated the 21-day practice window for Crowder (ankle).
Analysis: Per Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com, Crowder will be able to practice Wednesday, but isn't in line to be available for this Sunday's playoff opener against the Dolphins. The veteran slot man last suited up in Week 4, but if things go well for Crowder in practice, he could potentially return to action as soon as the divisional round of the playoffs, should the Bills advance this weekend.
Jan 11, 2023 9:25 AM EST
Crowder (ankle) has been working off to the side during recent Bills practices but has yet to be designated for return from injured reserve, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
Analysis: Though he's been sidelined since early October with a fractured ankle, Crowder hasn't been shut down for the season and is still eying a return to the field in late December. The veteran wideout thus looks on track to remain out for the Bills' Week 15 game against the Dolphins, though a return at some point during the final three weeks of the season remains feasible. Buffalo added some potential competition for Crowder and Isaiah McKenzie in the slot role earlier Tuesday, when the Bills coaxed Cole Beasley out of retirement and signed him to their practice squad.
Dec 13, 2022 8:00 AM EST
Crowder (ankle) said this week that he's targeting a return to action in late December, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports. "It's just all about how I'm feeling at that point and how well the rehab has gone," Crowder noted.
Analysis: Crowder has been sidelined since breaking his ankle Week 4, which required surgery to insert plate. He's since been able to resume walking a little less than a month ago and also running on an underwater treadmill for the past two weeks. The next step for Crowder is upgrading to running on an anti-gravity treadmill, with the aim to begin jogging on the field in about "two weeks." The Bills are unlikely to rush him back on the field, especially if they end up landing free-agent wideout Odell Beckham (knee) and otherwise don't suffer any additional losses in the receiving corps. In the end, though, Crowder may make a late-season cameo with a long playoff run potentially on the horizon.
Dec 2, 2022 2:33 PM EST
Crowder (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Matt Parrino of The Syracuse Post-Standard reports.
Analysis: This doesn't come as much of a surprise considering Crowder broke his ankle. Isaiah McKenzie (concussion) figures to be the biggest beneficiary of the injury provided he's able to play Sunday, but rookie Khalil Shakir could also make an emergence with more opportunities likely on the horizon.
Oct 8, 2022 1:43 PM EST
Crowder suffered a broken ankle during Sunday's win over the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Crowder is considered out indefinitely, and he's likely to land on IR in the near future. As long as Crowder remains out of the lineup, Isaiah McKenzie will stand to operate as Buffalo's clear third wideout behind Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis, while Khalil Shakir could also benefit form increased snaps. Crowder is expected to undergo further tests to diagnose any additional damage.
Oct 3, 2022 8:21 AM EST
Crowder was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with an ankle injury.
Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Crowder caught one of his four targets for seven yards. In his absence, the Bills' Week 4 wide receiver corps will continue to be led by Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Isaiah McKenzie.
Oct 2, 2022 11:58 AM EST
Crowder caught one of two targets for 16 yards while racking up 41 punt return yards in Monday's 41-7 win over the Titans.
Analysis: Crowder was quiet in what was an offensive explosion for the Bills on Monday, failing to capitalize on the absence of Gabe Davis (ankle) in the contest. Through two games, Crowder has only garnered a meager six targets and doesn't appear to be filling the same role Cole Beasley did in Buffalo's offense last season. The wide receiver will look to become more involved in Week 3 when the team takes on the Dolphins, who allowed 318 yards in the air to the Ravens last week.
Sep 21, 2022 9:15 AM EST
As the upcoming season approaches, Crowder is listed behind Isaiah McKenzie on the Bills' posted unofficial depth chart.
Analysis: Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis are the team's clear-cut top options out wide, but the slot role previously handled by Cole Beasley figures to be largely handled by some combo of McKenzie and Crowder. With McKenzie having been touted this summer as the favorite claim the biggest portion of the team's slot assignment, Crowder may not have a path to steady targets out the gate this season, but if injuries hit the Bills' receiving corps, the 29-year-old could well find himself back on the PPR radar.
Sep 1, 2022 9:10 AM EST
Crowder was targeted once but did not record a reception in Saturday's 27-24 preseason win over the Colts.
Analysis: Crowder had a relatively prominent role in the game with Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis and Isaiah McKenzie all held out of the game. Crowder's lone target was picked off, an inauspicious start to his tenure with Buffalo. It also appears that Crowder is buried on the depth chart, so he may not be on the field regularly in Week 1.
Aug 13, 2022 8:54 PM EST
Crowder turned in a strong showing at Monday's practice, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Crowder and Isaiah McKenzie -- who missed Monday's session due to soreness -- are in the mix claim the slot role previously handled by Cole Beasley. While Buscaglia suggests that Crowder "is still likely behind McKenzie because of the Bills' explosive potential with McKenzie in the lineup," we suspect that the steady Crowder can still make a push for the role as the summer rolls along if he can stay healthy and continue to make plays in practice.
Aug 8, 2022 3:54 PM EST
Crowder, who had been dealing with what coach Sean McDermott referred to as "soreness" and "tightness", will practice Monday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Now that Crowder is in line to resume practicing, he'll look to secure a role in the Bills' wide receiver corps, which is slated to feature Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis out wide, with Crowder and Isaiah McKenzie in the mix to handle slot duties and 2022 fifth-rounder Khalil Shakir also contending for snaps.
Aug 1, 2022 7:55 AM EST
Crowder (undisclosed) will not practice Tuesday due to soreness, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Sean McDermott considers Crowder "day-to-day." The veteran slot specialist has now missed two consecutive practices, but there's not yet any indication that he's dealing with a potential long-term issue. As long as Crowder remains sidelined it will mean increased opportunities for other wideouts to handle reps behind Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis, including Isaiah McKenzie and rookie fifth-round pick Khalil Shakir.
Jul 26, 2022 6:28 AM EST
The Bills and Crowder agreed to a one-year contract Monday, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.
Analysis: Buffalo has found its replacement at slot receiver after cutting loose Cole Beasley last week. Crowder had a down year for his standards in 2021, missing five games due to injury and finishing with a 51-447-2 line on 71 targets. With the upgrade in quarterback from Zach Wilson to Josh Allen, Crowder could be in line for a rebound as he joins forces with Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis at wide receiver.
Mar 21, 2022 3:55 PM EST
The Jets are expected to let Crowder (calf) test free agency, DJ Bien-Aime of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Crowder inked a three-year, $28.5 million deal with the Jets back in 2019, but the veteran slot receiver's role on offense has since dwindled following the emergence of Elijah Moore. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted his least productive season with New York across 12 appearances in 2021, with just 447 receiving yards and two scores. Soft tissue issues forced Crowder to miss five games last year, including a calf injury that forced him out of the season finale, but it looks like he will be fully healthy by the time he hits the open market.
Mar 8, 2022 7:02 AM EST
Crowder won't return to Sunday's game against the Bills due to a calf injury.
Analysis: Crowder, who likely aggravated the calf issue that sidelined him in Weeks 16 and 17, finishes the day with one catch for 16 yards on his only target. In his absence, Keelan Cole, Jeff Smith and Denzel Mims will head the Jets' wideout corps versus Buffalo. Crowder thus finishes the season with 51 catches for 447 yards and two TDs in 12 games, with Rich Cimini of ESPN.com suggesting that the free agent to be isn't expected back with the team in 2022.
Jan 9, 2022 2:40 PM EST
Crowder (calf) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bills, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Robert Saleh said Friday morning Crowder's outlook was "looking good" for Sunday, and the lack of an injury designation reinforces that sentiment. The 28-year-old should operate as the Jets' top option in the passing game out of the slot this weekend with Braxton Berrios (quadriceps) doubtful) and Elijah Moore (quadriceps/illness) unlikely to return from the reserve list.
Jan 7, 2022 12:54 PM EST
Coach Robert Saleh said Crowder (calf) is "looking good" to play Sunday against the Bills, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Elijah Moore (quadriceps/illness) isn't expected to return from the reserve list and Braxton Berrios (quadriceps) appears unlikely to play Sunday, so Crowder could be heavily involved if cleared to return from his two-game absence. Crowder should dominate work out of the slot and could be the No. 1 option in the passing game if able to play Week 18.
Jan 7, 2022 8:42 AM EST
Crowder (calf) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While Crowder has been sidelined by the calf injury for two straight games, Braxton Berrios has drawn 18 targets between those contests, producing a 13-102 -1 receiving line to go with three carries for 15 yards and another touchdown. Berrios' strong late-season performance should guarantee him a role on offense in Sunday's finale in Buffalo if available, but he could now be at more risk of missing that contest than Crowder after sitting out consecutive practices with a quadriceps injury. If Berrios can't play Week 18, Crowder would likely have a full-time slot role all to himself and would also profile as the Jets' top option in the passing game. Corey Davis (groin) is shut down for the season, and star rookie Elijah Moore (quadriceps, reserve/COVID-19 list) hasn't practiced or played since Week 13 and is looking doubtful to suit up Sunday.
Jan 6, 2022 1:34 PM EST
Crowder (calf) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: While Crowder is back on the practice field after missing back-to-back games with a calf injury, fellow slot receiver Braxton Berrios (quad) is absent to start the week. It'd be interesting to see how the Jets divide snaps and targets if both guys are available this Sunday against the Bills, and they already have some packages to get Crowder and Berrios on the field together.
Jan 5, 2022 2:02 PM EST
Crowder (calf) will return to practice Wednesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Crowder has missed the last two games with a calf injury and will be back on the practice field after he was unable to participate across the last two weeks. It's not yet clear whether he'll have any limitations Wednesday, but any participation in practice is encouraging for his status against Buffalo on Sunday.
Jan 5, 2022 9:04 AM EST
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