Ex-Patriot Crable tries for a comeback

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Shawn Crable, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound former third-round draft pick from the University of Michigan, made his bid to get back into the NFL at a regional scouting combine this weekend at the Baltimore Ravens' training complex.

Crable easily had the top pedigree of any player in the building.

"Everybody is equal," Crable told Scout. "If you're here in the building, you have a shot. It's about persistence."

Crable's brief tenure with the Patriots was derailed by injuries, only appearing in six career games and recording four tackles and a half-sack.

"Yeah, I was injured a lot," said Crable. "I had a leg thing and a back thing that I was fighting through. In the NFL, it's a timing thing. They don't have all day to waste on me to get healthy. In terms of the organization and going forward, it was a bad period in my life where I couldn't get right."

Crable, 27, spent last season with the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the United Football League.

Drafted with the 78th overall pick of the 2008 NFL draft, Crable finished his rookie season as well as his second season on injured reserve.

A former second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection, Crable was released by the Patriots during the final major roster cutdown three years ago before being signed to the Patriots' practice squad and later promoted to the active roster a year later.

He was also briefly with the New York Jets on their practice squad.

Although he didn't stick with the Patriots, Crable has no hard feelings toward the AFC champions. And he remains friends with linebackers Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton.

"We send Christmas cards, we're still great friends," Crable said. "I love the organization. They gave me an opportunity. It just didn't work out the way I feel it should have. It is what it is." At Michigan, Crable was a second-team All-American who recorded 148 career tackles with 101 solos, 16 sacks and 43 tackles for losses for 163 yards.

Crable has run the 40-yard dash as far in 4.64 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times.

A Butkus Award and Bednarik Award semifinalist, Crable was voted a team captain for the Wolverines.

Now, he's waiting to find out if he'll be invited to a Super Regional NFL combine at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field on March 30.

"They didn't tell us anything, but I think it went well," said Crable, a former blue-chip recruit from Massillon, Ohio who had 75 tackles, 17 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a senior and also ran the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds. "I had fun. I just keep competing. I just stay pearsistent. I still want this and that's why I'm working hard to get back in the NFL." For more coverage of the NFL, go to profootball.scout.com.

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