Assessing the Impact of Maxx Crosby’s Injury on the Las Vegas Raiders
Fresh off a historic 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Las Vegas Raiders may need to change their thinking heading into the final stretch of the season. It was the lowest-score game in an indoor stadium in NFL history and it’s clear the team has major issues on offense that need to be addressed in the offseason. Star running back Josh Jacobs and defensive end Maxx Crosby were both banged up during the game. With little left to play for this season, the possibility of shutting down both players has been suggested.
Considerations for Shutting Down Injured Players
When Josh Jacobs limped off the field to the locker room at the end of the third quarter, it became apparent that he should be reserved for the remainder of the season. Tafur wrote in a December 11 column, “There is no reason for him to play again for the Las Vegas Raiders this season. And he should take Maxx Crosby with him. Crosby is playing with a bad knee and is a maniac so he still had two sacks in the 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. But there was a moment when he was slow getting off the grass and came out for a play, and risking the franchise player to spray some cologne on a 5-8 season makes no sense.”
Unprecedented Decision for Maxx Crosby
The idea of shutting down Maxx Crosby makes sense but the actual practice of it is more complicated. He has never missed an NFL game before and was the first player this season to play after being listed as doubtful before a game. Crosby is having a career season and could be in the mix to win his first Defensive Player of the Year award. The Raiders also aren’t technically eliminated from the playoffs yet despite being far back in the standings. Convincing Crosby to not play the rest of the season wouldn’t be easy. He’s a tenacious competitor who prides himself on always being available.
Maxx Crosby Talks Loss
Aside from the injury concerns, the Raiders defense put on a masterclass against the Vikings. They held the offense to just three points, had five sacks and eight tackles for loss. That still wasn’t enough as the Raiders’ offense was shutout. Maxx Crosby spoke about the loss after the game, expressing his dissatisfaction with the team’s performance. He emphasized the importance of giving his all on the field, regardless of the team’s standing in the season, and expressed his determination to improve personally and as a team.
As the Raiders face the challenge of injuries and a struggling season, the decision regarding whether to shut down key players like Maxx Crosby becomes a pivotal consideration. The impact of Crosby’s potential absence for the remainder of the season on the team’s performance and the player’s personal goals underscores the complexity of the situation. Ultimately, the welfare of the player and the team’s long-term success must be carefully weighed as the season progresses.
Austin Boyd has covered the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Lakers for Heavy.com since 2019. A Los Angeles native now based on Las Vegas, his featured work at Heavy includes interviews with NFL stars Darren Waller and Joe Montana, and a behind-the-scenes look at “The Shop.”