Raiders lose RB Crow­ell to torn Achilles

The Tribune (SLO) - - Sports - BY JERRY MCDONALD (San Jose) Mercury News

ALAMEDA

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.

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