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Michael Crabtree Injury: Updates on Raiders WR's Ankle and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass against the Carolina Panthers during an NFL football game on November 27, 2016 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree was battling a nagging ankle injury but won't miss any game time as a result.

Continue for updates.


Crabtree Active vs. Bills

Sunday, Dec. 4

The Raiders announced that Crabtree was available against Buffalo on Sunday.


Latest on Crabtree's Practice Status

Saturday, Dec. 3

The Raiders named Crabtree as a limited participant in practice from Wednesday to Friday.


Raiders Need Crabtree Healthy Heading into Postseason 

Crabtree has been dealing with this ankle injury since prior to the Week 12 game against the Carolina Panthers but was able to suit up.

The 29-year-old has proved to be a solid partner for Amari Cooper in Oakland. He was never a good fit in a feature role with the San Francisco 49ers. With Cooper attracting the attention of opposing secondaries, though, Crabtree is afforded more freedom. 

The eight-year veteran has caught 60 passes for 711 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games this season.

Having already clinched their first winning season since 2002, the Raiders can ill afford to lose Crabtree as they begin looking ahead to the playoffs.

Behind Cooper and Crabtree, Oakland doesn't have much depth in the passing game. Seth Roberts and Andre Holmes are both inconsistent, and tight end Clive Walford has similarly struggled to establish himself in the offense.

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If Crabtree is forced to the sidelines in the future, it wouldn't single-handedly wreck Oakland's title chances, but it would make quarterback Derek Carr's life much harder.

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