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Raiders star Maxx Crosby reveals reason for hospitalization

Raiders star defensive end Maxx Crosby added more details to the condition that landed him in the hospital last week.

Crosby, in a trailer for the upcoming episode of his “The Rush with Maxx Crosby” podcast, revealed he had fluid buildup that caused his injured knee to swell.

“It was blowing up like a balloon,” he said. “I woke up the next morning and almost passed out. I felt like I was dying. I was literally bed-ridden. I couldn’t move.”

Crosby got a call later in the day informing him bacteria was found in the fluid that was drained from his knee.

“They said that can be dangerous and that I had to go to the hospital,” he said.

Crosby previously told the Review-Journal he spent Thursday night in the hospital. The team listed him as doubtful for Sunday’s game, but he played and recorded a sack in a 31-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium. Crosby was the first player listed as doubtful to appear in an NFL game the same week this season.

“I had to go through all these requirements and show them I could do anything,” Crosby said. “I told them I would do anything I can. I want to play.”

It was an emotional experience for Crosby, who played 49 of 60 defensive snaps. He had his knee heavily bandaged after the game.

The Raiders have a bye this week before hosting the Vikings on Dec. 10 at Allegiant Stadium.

Contact Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AdamHillLVRJ on X.

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