Raiders receiver Juron Criner’s season is over. Honestly, it never really got started. The second year pro spent half the season in the doghouse and got hurt shortly after he got out.
Criner suffered a shoulder injury on Nov. 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles and sat out the next two games before the Raiders lost patience with his recovery.
He was listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game against Tennessee, but the Raiders decided Saturday that he couldn’t play. With Denarius Moore out with a shoulder injury and the team light on healthy receivers, the Raiders had to make a move.
They promoted Greg Jenkins from the practice squad in a corresponding move. The undrafted rookie is a speedy, downfield threat. The converted quarterback can also return kicks.
Criner got hurt in camp, slipped down the depth chart and never climbed back up. He was a healthy scratch for the season’s first seven games in deference to rookie Brice Butler. Butler had a rough game in Week 8, which opened a door for Criner.
He had three catches for 32 yards before an injured shoulder put him back on the shelf. The 2012 fifth-round pick was more involved last season, with 16 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in 12 games.
With his season over, he’ll have to fight for a spot on next year’s team.