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Just days after signing him, the Raiders expect to start LB NaVorro Bowman tonight against the Chiefs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Oakland obviously signed him to help a struggling LB corps and likely felt more pressure to speed the veteran along because starters Cory James and Marquel Lee are dealing with injuries that have them questionable for the game. It's tough to know just how much Bowman will play in his 1st Raiders game, but he's the best bet in the corps to play enough snaps to help your IDP squad in a tackle-heavy format.

Raiders LB Cory James is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs with the knee issue that dogged him in Week 6. James played just 7 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Chargers after leaving the previous game early with the injury. James looks like a poor bet to play in this game and certainly isn't worth trusting in IDP lineups even if he's active.

Veteran LB NaVorro Bowman has agreed to a deal with the Raiders, according to the Cowboys team website. That report arose because Bowman reportedly had other visits lined up but never left Oakland. It's a good fit, keeping Bowman close to the area in which he's spent his entire pro career and adding to a defense that has struggled at LB. Bowman could take over the starting MLB job for the Raiders as soon as he learns the defense. We'll see how quickly he can get acclimated. Don't feel the need to cling to Bowman unless you play in a deep IDP league.

Raiders LB Cory James (knee) and CB David Amerson (shoulder) are active for today's game against the Chargers. Each is fine to use if he was in your Week 6 IDP plans.

Raiders LB Cory James (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. James put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. We'll see about his status Sunday. CB David Amerson (shoulder) is questionable as well after limited workouts each day.

The 49ers on Friday released veteran LB NaVorro Bowman. It's a shocking move because of the big name and his history with the team. But rumors of such a move date back to at least this spring. Bowman has dealt with multiple serious leg injuries in recent seasons and seen his play decline when on the field. Pro Football Focus graded him 63rd among 86 non-edge LBs so far this season. Bowman's likely to get a shot with another team, though. We'll see where and when that happens. His departure leaves room for a returning Reuben Foster (high ankle sprain) to take over in the middle and Ray-Ray Armstrong to continue playing on the outside.

Update: Bowman reportedly requested a release after his agent sent letters around the league, saying his client was available in trade.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The back injury still adds a bit of risk to his outlook, but Carr is on the low-end QB1 radar in what could be a shootout against the Chargers.

Raiders OLB Cory James left Sunday's game against the Ravens early with a knee injury. We have yet to see any further update on his outlook for Week 6 and beyond, so we'll keep an eye on his status this week. Edge guys Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack were the only LBs (for fantasy purposes) who played more than 55% of the defensive snaps against Baltimore. Don't plan to count on a Raiders LB beyond Mack in your IDP lineup if James remains out.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio confirmed on Monday that QB Derek Carr (back) is expected to play against the Chargers on Sunday. Carr got in 2 limited practices last week and looked good. We'll monitor his practice participation this week, but plan on him being back under center this weekend. It's obviously excellent news for Oakland's skill-position guys.

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Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. He pushed to play in this one and has a good shot to be back for Week 6. QB E.J. Manuel starts today but is a bottom-barrel QB2.

According to multiple reports, Raiders QB Derek Carr is not expected to play today against the Ravens. That's no surprise. That it's even in question suggests that we should get Carr back in the lineup for a Week 6 home date with the Chargers. That would be a start-worthy fantasy spot.

Raiders insider Michael Gehlken confirms that QB E.J. Manuel "almost certainly" will start against the Ravens on Sunday. QB Derek Carr put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and is clearly progressing faster than expected. But Manuel took virtually all of the 1st-team reps in practice this week and is expected to get the nod on Sunday. Carr stands a good chance to be cleared for Week 6 vs. the Chargers.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (lung) is not listed on the final Week 5 injury report. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. The bruised lung isn’t nearly as big of a concern as QB E.J. Manuel and a tough Ravens secondary. Crabtree is just a WR3 in this spot.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) is officially questionable for this weekend’s game against the Ravens. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Carr is clearly ahead of schedule, but it’s still unlikely that he plays this weekend. A Week 6 return seems feasible, though. QB E.J. Manuel figures to get the start on Sunday but isn’t a fantasy option vs. the league’s 5th-ranked QB defense.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (lung) graduated to a full practice on Thursday. Barring a setback, he'll play against the Ravens this weekend. Between that tough matchup and E.J. Manuel being under center, Crabtree is just a WR3 for Week 5.

Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) returned to practice on Thursday, getting in a limited session. He's not going to play against the Ravens this weekend, but it looks like he has a shot to be back for Week 6.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (lung) was limited in Wednesday's practice. It's a good start to his week, although he was limited last Wednesday before missing the game in Denver. We'll have another update on Crabtree tomorrow.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that he's "optimistic" that WR Michael Crabtree (lung) will return for this weekend's game against the Ravens. Crabtree was limited last Wednesday and Thursday before sitting out on Friday. Then he was downgraded from questionable to doubtful on Saturday. We'll monitor his status throughout the week. Crab will be more of a low-end WR2 if he plays this weekend with E.J. Manuel under center.

Raiders QB Derek Carr will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a transverse process fracture in his back, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Word reportedly comes from HC Jack Del Rio, who initially cited back spasms as the issue. EJ Manuel fared decently as a fill-in at Denver but obviously marks a big step down from Carr. That damages the already disappointing value of WR Amari Cooper and TE Jared Cook. WR Michael Crabtree (bruised lung) is dealing with his own health issue. The Carr situation could give us a run-heavier look from the Raiders over the next few weeks: home games vs. the Ravens, Chargers and Chiefs, and then a trip to Buffalo. That 4-week stretch would leave just 1 more game before Oakland's Week 10 bye. It's also worth noting, however, that Tony Romo and Cam Newton each returned from transverse process fractures after just 1 missed game back in 2014.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio said after Sunday's loss in Denver that QB Derek Carr is dealing with backs spasms. Del Rio doesn't believe it'll be a long-term issue. We'll need to keep a close eye on Carr throughout the coming week. E.J. Manuel was decent in relief today -- completing 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards and an INT -- but is obviously a significant downgrade.


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