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Raiders news: Jack Del Rio ‘optimistic’ Michael Crabtree will play vs. Ravens

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The Oakland Raiders have lost two straight games. The once-promising team led by young stars Derek Carr and Khalil Mack has struggled thus far with injuries also starting to take a toll.

Last week, the team was without arguably their best offensive player with wide receiver Michael Crabtree dealing with a chest injury. It appears the team may get their star wideout back on the field in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

After consecutive losses to the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, the Raiders will hope to get back on track and take advantage Ravens who have also struggled as of late. Baltimore has lost two straight as well falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers giving up a combined 70 points.

Crabtree has played well when he’s been on the field for the Raiders this season. The 30-year-old wideout hauled in 13 receptions for 170 yards and three touchdowns before going down with the chest injury against the Redskins in Week 3.

The team’s receiving corps was one of the most talented in the league last year with Crabtree leading the way along with Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts. This season Cooper has struggled with drops and Crabtree and Carr are dealing with injuries as they try to reclaim their form as a heavyweight in the AFC.