Raiders lose RB Crowell to torn Achilles
Running back Isaiah Crowell, who signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders a month ago to help offset the potential absence of Marshawn Lynch, tore an Achilles tendon during a team workout Tuesday and is out for the season.
Not long after the Raiders were confronted with the reality of being without the man they expected to be one of their primary ballcarriers, the NFL Network reported Doug Martin would return to the fold.
Crowell, 26, signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million contract March 28, the same day Oakland signed linebacker Brandon Marshall.
The story was first reported by ESPN’S Adam Schefter and confirmed by the Bay Area News Group.
The Raiders selected Alabama running back Josh Jacobs last Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft, No. 24 overall, and he is expected to assume the role of lead back.
However, Jacobs played in more of a part-time role for the Crimson Tide, carrying 120 times for 640 yards as a junior before declaring for the draft. That was good for third on the Alabama team in rushing behind Damien Harris (150 carries, 876 yards) and Antioch’s Najee Harris (117 carries, 783 yards).
While Jacobs is eager to prove he can step up in terms of work load, Crowell offered valuable experience and is the kind of no-nonsense, movethe-chains back at 5foot-11, 225 pounds that coach Jon Gruden has long sought.
Crowell gained 685 yards on 143 carries last season for the New York Jets, averaging 4.8 yards per carry with a long run of 77 yards. He played four seasons with Cleveland from 2014 through 2017 and was a 16-game starter his final two seasons with the Browns.