The Raiders placed Crowell (Achilles) on injured reserve Friday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. 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 face competition from first-round pick Josh Jacobs. The rookie should be viewed as the top candidate to start in the Raiders backfield sans Crowell, though the club also sports the likes of Jalen Richard, Doug Martin, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren on the roster, and another veteran addition could be in the cards. 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 while working out Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. He's scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery next week. Viewed as a potential Marshawn Lynch replacement after inking a one-year deal with Oakland in March, Crowell saw any tenuous hold he might have had on the Raiders' top backfield job take a significant hit last week, when the team nabbed Alabama product Josh Jacobs in the first round of the draft. Crowell's injury now leaves Jacobs as the clear top candidate for carries, though the Raiders will likely add another 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 as a free agent.
Crowell has signed a one-year deal with the Raiders worth up to $2.5 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With veteran backs Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin still unsigned at this stage, Crowell fills a 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. For now, Crowell slots in as the Raiders' top back for early downs, with Jalen Richard the favorite to handle passing downs. 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 2019 NFL Draft approaches.
Crowell is scheduled to visit the Raiders on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. 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 free agent Marshawn Lynch on early downs, though it's possible Lynch forgoes retirement and elects to return to the Raiders.
Crowell was released by the Jets on Thursday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports. Even before the Jets brought in Le'Veon Bell, Crowell was already a candidate to be released due to concerns of the power back being a poor cultural fit with the organization, according to Bo Wulf of the Athletic. The addition of the former Pittsburgh stalwart subsequently made management's decision to cut Crowell pretty easy. While the Jets will now move forward with Bell and Elijah McGuire atop their running back depth chart, Crowell will have to search for a new home in the wake of a three-year stretch in which he averaged a respectable 4.6 yards per carry while playing on depressing Jets and Browns teams.
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