The injury bug has affected the Las Vegas Raiders over the first few weeks of the NFL season. With that being said, the team will return some key contributors this week. C Andre James, LB Denzel Perryman and S Tre’von Moehrig all sustained injuries during their Week 1 loss against the Los Angeles Chargers. All three Raiders have been out ever since, but are slated to return to action this week against the Denver Broncos.
James’ return allows the Raiders to move Dylan Parham back to his natural position at guard and he helps strengthen the Raiders offensive line. Perryman is going to help the Raiders with his leadership and tackling ability – two things they have been missing. Moehrig being back allows the Raiders to have all three of their key safeties available.
Starting CB Nate Hobbs was concussed during their Week 3 loss against the Tennessee Titans and his status was up in the air this week. Hobbs was a full participant on Friday and is scheduled to be ready for this weekend, a big relief for the Raiders. His partner Rock Ya-Sin has been limited in practice this week and is questionable for the game. Backup CB Sam Webb is also questionable.
Despite regaining all these key contributors, the Raiders will be without WR Hunter Renfrow and TE Foster Moreau. Renfrow still hasn’t cleared concussion protocols and is expected miss his second straight game. Moreau, who has been a solid contributor this season, will miss his first game of the season with a knee injury.
With these two missing the game, expect to continue to see the emergence of WR Mack Hollins. TE Jesper Horsted will likely see the field as coach Josh McDaniels loves his two TE sets.
The Raiders host the Denver Broncos on Oct. 2 at Allegiant Stadium. Kick off is set for 1:25 PST.
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