Isaiah Crowell’s first season with the New York Jets ends on injured reserve after setting a single-game rushing record in October.
Isaiah Crowell’s first season with the New York Jets will prematurely. The team placed the running back on injured reserve on Friday, as a toe injury will cost him the last three games of 2018. In his place, the team promoted fellow rusher De’Angelo Henderson from the practice squad.
We've activated RB De'Angelo Henderson and placed RB Isaiah Crowell on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 14, 2018
Crowell, set to turn 26 in January, signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Jets in March. His New York debut was a roller coaster affair, as he ran for under 50 yards in 10 of his 13 games. He set Jets history, however, running for a franchise-high 219 yards on just 15 carries in a 34-16 win over Denver. The century mark was also broken in the opening week in Detroit, as he earned 102 yards.
An alum of Georgia and Alabama State, Crowell spent the first four seasons of his career with the Cleveland Browns. In his Week 2 return to Ohio, Crowell scored two touchdowns, punctuating the second score by pretending to use the ball as toilet paper. In response, officials would flag him 15 penalty yards for a lewd gesture. He wound up with 34 yards on 16 carries in the Jets’ 21-17 loss.
Crowell had already been ruled out for the Jets’ Saturday tilt against the Houston Texans (4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network). He first injured his toe on Dec. 2 in Tennessee, where he picked up 98 yards on 21 carries. He reinjured the toe early in last Sunday’s game in Buffalo and did not return. The Jets have now sent two running backs to injured reserve this season, the first being Bilal Powell in October.
In Crowell’s place, Elijah McGuire and rookie Trenton Cannon are expected to bear the rushing load for the rest of the season. In the Jets’ 27-23 win over the Bills on Sunday, McGuire picked up a season-high 60 yards and scored the winning touchdown, while Cannon scored the first touchdown of his career.
Joining the active roster is Henderson, a second-year player out of Coastal Carolina. Henderson was added to the Jets’ practice squad shortly after training camp. He spent his first season with the Denver Broncos, earning 49 total yards and a receiving touchdown in five games. In college, Henderson set a Division I record by scoring a touchdown in 35 straight games. He was previously part of the Jets’ roster in Week 8, playing sparingly in the Jets’ visit to Chicago.