Oakland Raiders running back Zack Crockett did not need the one-year anniversary of 911 to be reflective Wednesday.
Instead, Crockett was in a philosophical mood because of a scary situation during the Raiders 31-17 season-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks. Crockett was taken off the field on a cart Sunday after hurting his neck while covering a punt. Seattle's Tim Terry hit Crockett from the backside as he tackled punt returner Bobby Engram late in the first quarter.
Crockett lay motionless for over five minutes before team doctors strapped him to a board and took him away. He was able to move his arms and legs but was taken to a local hospital for tests.
"I'm just blessed to be back on my feet and kicking," Crockett said. "It felt like I had needles all over my body. I just had to gather myself."
Crockett has been cleared to play by doctors but the Raiders still list him as questionable for Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh. Crockett suited up to practice on Wednesday but it is still unclear whether or not he plays Sunday.
"I've just got to take this step each and every day," Crockett said. "I just don't want to have any setbacks."
Crockett has been a valuable backup running back and special-teams player in his four seasons with Oakland. He ran for 145 yards last season and had six touchdowns as Oakland's short-yardage specialist.