Michael Crabtree: It feels good to be back to work

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Michael Crabtree was rummaging through his locker on Tuesday, looking for an item in his return to the Oakland Raiders facility.

It had been a more than a week since Crabtree had set foot in the compound and he turned to rookie receiver Isaac Whitney.

"Man," Crabtree said, "it feels good to be back to work."

Perhaps the only person happier to have Crabtree reinstated from his one-game suspension for his role in the melee with Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib is Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Especially with Amari Cooper's injured left ankle likely to keep him out of Sunday's AFC West showdown at the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I know how much Crab is a competitor, and I know how much he loves football," Carr said of Crabtree. "I know just from having to miss a game this year because of my back how much that sucks. As much as we work hard and love to compete and be out there with our brothers, I know it just was hurting him because he just likes to be out there.

"For him to be able to come back, I can pretty much promise you he's juiced and ready to play."

Crabtree has 42 catches for 502 yards, second to tight end Jared Cook's 43 receptions and 543 yards on the team. Crabtree leads the Raiders with six receiving touchdowns and his 12.0 yards per catch average is his highest since 2013.

Still, Crabtree has not necessarily lit up the Chiefs in his career. In seven games against Kansas City, he has 21 catches, on 48 targets, for 187 yards and three scores.


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