Crowell, who rushed 15 times for 21 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers, finished the 2017 campaign with 853 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 206 carries.
Many were expecting a breakout year for the 24-year-old back, but for the fourth consecutive year, Crowell failed to rush for 1,000 yards. Crowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it's unlikely he'll return to Cleveland. He clashed with coach Hue Jackson on multiple occasions about his use in the offense, and he may want to find greener pastures in 2018.
Crowell (shoulder/ribs) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Crowell has been afflicted by shoulder injuries at various points this season, but his consecutive game streak is intact since entering the NFL in 2014. His workload has remained consistent as well, as evidenced by him handling 45 percent of the offensive snaps in 11 of 15 games. Expect Crowell to receive his typical 14.6 touches per game Sunday against a Steelers defense that has given up 141.1 yards from scrimmage per outing and 12 touchdowns to running backs in 2017.
Crowell (shoulder/ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
This is the fifth time in the last seven weeks Crowell has been listed with a shoulder injury, but the issue with his ribs appears to be new. Regardless, his ability to practice in any capacity suggests he's on track to play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Crowell carried 12 times for 44 yards and caught one pass for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Bears.
The Browns were trailing by double digits for much of the second half, so Crowell naturally gave way more frequently to the top receiving option out of the backfield, Duke Johnson, as the team tried to make up the deficit. While the winless Browns will likely enter the season finale as underdogs against Pittsburgh, the Steelers are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the AFC and may not play their starters deep into the contest. As a result, a competitive game between the two sides could be in store, as was the case back in Week 1. During that contest, Crowell only managed 66 yards on 19 touches, but played a season-high 52 offensive snaps.
Crowell (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bears after practicing fully Friday.
He's thus in line to head the Browns running attack this weekend, with Duke Johnson on hand to work in a complementary role that yields enough touches for him to be in the PPR conversation. For his part, Crowell logged just five carries in the Week 15 loss to the Ravens, but one of them was for 59 yards. Crowell's volume has often been impacted by game flows in an 0-14 season, but we'd expect him to log more touches in Week 16, as he looks to find the end zone for the first time since Nov. 12.
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