The Raiders got one half of their playmaking receiving tandem back this week. Michael Crabtree missed last week’s win over the Giants because of suspension that the NFL threw down because of a fight with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.
The question is whether Amari Cooper will make it back from his ankle injury. He cleared concussion protocol so he can play this week if the ankle is ok. Having both back and on the field would be a huge boost for the Raiders offense. The Chiefs also suspended Marcus Peters for Sunday’s game so the secondary should be especially susceptible.
Derek Carr is excited to have Crabtree back in the mix and knows that he will play a large role in the offense’s gameplan this Sunday.
It’s going to be huge. We’ve been through this a couple of times this year. Anytime you can get a piece back, it’s nothing against anybody else, but those guys are starters for a reason. Those guys got all the reps.
With Crab coming back, obviously it’s no secret. I love throwing him the ball. I love Crab and I think a lot of people know that. So being able to get him back, it definitely helps our team.
After serving his one-game suspension Carr also knows that Crabtree has come into this week motivated and is focused on helping the team get a win Sunday.