TE Darren Waller and DE Carl Nassib both sustained knee injuries in the Raiders’ Thanksgiving victory against the Cowboys. Waller is officially listed as doubtful and not expected to play against Washington. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia ruled out Nassib during his brief Friday press conference. In Waller’s absence, TE Foster Moreau is in line to start.
“We’ve kind of gone through this twice,” Bisaccia said about Moreau having a bigger role with Waller’s likely absence. “We’ve gone through it when we didn’t have (Waller) for a game, and certainly Foster (Moreau) stepped up… We lost (Waller) in the second quarter last week, and you saw we were still productive as the game went on… We’re prepared to do that if we have to this week.”
Bisaccia also ruled out LB Patrick Onwuasor. Bisaccia said a final decision will be made tomorrow on the availability of WR DeSean Jackson, LB Nick Kwiatkoski, CB Keisean Nixon, and RB Josh Jacobs, who are all listed as questionable. All four, Bisaccia said, got some running in at Friday’s practice, potentially hinting at the group of questionable players’ gameday status.
CB Trayvon Mullen Jr. will miss another game but has been designated to return from injured reserve.
“We’re hoping to get (Mullen Jr.) next week, for sure,” Bisaccia said. “I thought he had two good days of running around… He had a better day today than yesterday.”
CB Brandon Facyson has been a revelation for the Raiders in Mullen Jr.’s absence, and he appears set to play against Washington after exiting the Thanksgiving Day win with a concussion. Facyson practiced in full all week and does not carry an injury designation.
The Raiders have tested their depth at corner this year with Mullen Jr. missing an extended period of the season and the release of former first-round draft pick Damon Arnette. CBs Facyson and Desmond Trufant have both made an impact as playing time has opened up at the position.
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