Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree said he was "pissed off" officials forced him to undergo concussion protocol late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, leaving him on the sideline for Derek Carr's game-deciding fumble.
"I'm good, that's why I was pissed off," Crabtree told reporters after the game. "It was the last play of the game, and I'm trying to win. It's cool. I can't do nothing about it. I'm still trying to figure out why they took me out."
Crabtree, who hauled in both Raiders touchdowns, was sent to undergo evaluation after falling to the ground on a deep pass attempt that resulted in a pass interference call on Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis. He was, however, initially allowed to stay in the game for the first subsequent play after the fall.
Carr said Crabtree's absence affected the Raiders' play-call on a drive that saw him fumble into the end zone as he reached for the pylon.
"We actually had a play called, a certain play called on the other side, and then the refs made us take [Crabtree] out," Carr said. "And then we had to change our call."
Crabtree said he cleared concussion protocol but would not comment on whether his presence would have made a difference on the play in question.
"I can't even answer that question, because they took me out and I'm pissed off," Crabtree said. "I can't do nothing about it."
The Raiders' loss was their second straight and dropped them to 6-8, a frustrating record for a team that some saw as an AFC contender in the preseason.