Crawford, who briefly exited Sunday's game with an apparent head or neck injury, tallied two tackles in a 34-29 win over Tampa Bay.
Head coach Dan Quinn noted Monday that Crawford is continuing to improve with the enhanced playing opportunities that he's received with Grady Jarrett (ankle) inactive for the past two weeks. The veteran defensive tackle will work alongside Deadrin Senat and Terrell McClain to anchor the interior line so long as Jarrett is on the shelf.
Crawford (head/neck) returned to Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Crawford exited earlier in the first half with the potential head/neck injury, but was able to return in relatively short order. The 30-year-old is set for an increased snap count with Grady Jarrett (ankle) inactive Sunday.
Crawford was set for an increased workload for the second straight week with Grady Jarrett (ankle) again inactive, but was forced to exit the game to be evaluated. Deadrin Senat and Michael Bennett should see increased workloads if Crawford is unable to return.
Crawford is expected to see a drastic increase in his defensive snap count for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh with Grady Jarrett (ankle) already having been proclaimed inactive for Week 5, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Crawford registered his first start since 2016 last Sunday against the Bengals, racking up three tackles on 45 defensive snaps (61.6 percent). The eight-year veteran will team up with Terrell McClain and rookie Deadrin Senat to try and keep the Steelers' 27th-ranked rushing attack in check.
Crawford gathered praise from head coach Dan Quinn regarding his play in the Falcons' inter-squad scrimmage Saturday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports. "I thought Jack Crawford was one (player) that stood out today. He looked to have a good day," Quinn said in a press conference following the practice session, "(He) was really active both in the run game and the pass game."
Crawford remains a long shot to be slotted in besides Grady Jarrett as a starting defensive tackle for Atlanta, but the 29-year-old is beginning to build momentum in training camp after missing all but four games last season with a torn bicep. The London-born behemoth (6-foot-5, 288 pounds) is just two years removed from an 11-start, 3.5-sack season as a member of the Cowboys, and early developments from camp indicate that he will serve as a rotational player along with Terrell McClain and Deadrin Senat at interior defensive line in 2018.
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ NO||8:20 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
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