UPDATE 5:24 PM CT: Here’s what Scott Pioli just had to say about Crabtree’s injury. From NFL.com:
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said the situation was unfortunate for Crabtree, but not devastating.
“You got a bunch of tapes to watch guys on. From our standpoint we evaluate guys on how they play football and not just on how they run,” noted Pioli.
Maybe I should put away my “jump to conclusions” mat? Or maybe Pioli is just playing things close to the chest, trying not to give anything away? Hmmm…
By now you’ve heard the news that Michael Crabtree’s foot injury will require surgery. That means he will not be running at his Pro Day. I just don’t see our Chiefs or any of the other top six teams taking a chance on Crabtree sight unseen. What does that mean? It means that the best receiver, maybe even player, in this draft likely just fell into Al Davis’ lap. GULP! From NFL.com:
Medical testing at the scouting combine here revealed that Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL draft, has a slight stress fracture in his left foot that will require surgery to insert a screw, league sources said Saturday morning.
The injury and surgery is expected to sideline Crabtree for at least 10 weeks, jeopardizing his NFL pro day, which now is expected to be canceled, and raising questions about when he will be healthy again. Doctors believe that with the precautions the All-American wide receiver is willing to take, Crabtree will be sufficiently recovered in time for training camp this summer.
After doctors found the slight stress fracture on Friday they conducted more testing on Crabtree, including a bone scan that revealed that the injury happened only recently, possibly during training for the combine. Since finding it, Crabtree has been investigating the best and smartest way to treat the injury.
I’m very, very concerned that Crabtree is going to end up wearing silver and black. JaMarcus Russell’s arm to Michael Crabtree? That’s scary stuff.
Addicts, sound off on Crabtree possibly going to the Raiders…