The Patriots could also be without junior running back/defensive back Jacob Jackson, junior two-way lineman Jack Skidmore and senior two-way lineman Alex Jones, all of whom are nursing injuries.
As for Crouser, one of his concerns is the actual surgery. Despite a long career of playing football, he never has had surgery, except as a 2-year-old.
"I had my tonsils out when I was 2," he said. "I'm kind of nervous."
He's prepared to tackle the long road back so that he can begin his college career in Charlotte.
"I'm just trying to look at the positives," Crouser said. "I have a future and if I do everything I'm supposed to I should be fine in 6-8 months. Just a lot of rehab."
Crouser's injury is a tough loss for the Patriots, who are fifth in the Secondary School Activities Commission Class AAA rankings with two games remaining.
The top eight teams in each class host first-round playoff games.
In 2011, the Patriots reached the Class AAA title game where they dropped a 35-27 decision to Martinsburg.
The state playoffs begin Nov. 9 and continue until the Super Six at Wheeling Island Stadium on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Preps Editor Derek Taylor contributed to this report.