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Silver Minings: Maxx Crosby is pushing to play on Sunday

Star is attempting to be the first player to play after a doubtful status

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The Las Vegas Raiders are gearing up to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at home. It will be a chance to get back into the playoff hunt by beating a division rival and returning to 500.

The defense has been overachieving all season, ranking 13th in EPA per play and excelling at playing the pass. A player who is the heart and soul of the defense is Maxx Crosby. PFF says he has 10.5 sacks on the season and leads the league in pressures.

A concern going into the week is Crosby's health. Crosby has a knee issue that left him doubtful after Friday's practice. Most thought he wouldn't have a chance to play on Sunday.

However, Crosby is fighting through his attempts to play. Ian Rapport of NFL.com reported Saturday Night that the former fourth-round pick will be the first player to suit up after a doubtful designation.

It would be remarkable if Crosby displayed his toughness on the field. It could spark the locker room to have their leader battling through injury.

In other Raiders Links:

  • Raiders call up a defensive end from the practice squad: DE Janarius Robinson was activated from the practice squad, and Roderic Teamer from injured reserve.
  • Raiders' offensive problems start on early downs: Las Vegas Review-Journal deep dives into the offense.
  • What They're Saying: The Raiders website gives quotes from the Chiefs about Josh Jacobs and more.