Oakland Raiders Injury Updates

The Raiders delivered the 1st surprise of the 2019 NFL Draft by taking Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell with the 4th overall pick. Ferrell enjoyed a highly productive college career, racking up 12.5, 18.0 and 20.0 tackles for loss over the past 3 years. That included 6.0, 9.5 and 11.5 sacks. Ferrell skipped the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine and then didn't work out at Clemson's pro day because of a toe injury. His 7.26-second 3-cone drill at the combine was just 42nd percentile for his position. A weak Oakland defense presents opportunity for Ferrell to start right away.

Raiders CB Daryl Worley is questionable for Thursday night's game against the 49ers with a shoulder injury. That's a new ailment after an ankle tweak rendered him questionable for Week 8. Worley played through that for normal usage. Oakland listed him as a limited participant all this week. We'll check his status when the inactives arrive tonight.

Raiders CB Daryl Worley (ankle) is active for today's game against the Colts. He suffered the injury in Friday's practice, but it reported to be minor. Worley seems good to go for Week 8 IDP lineups -- in an upside spot.

Raiders CB Daryl Worley suffered an ankle injury in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Colts. According to NBC Sports’ Scott Bair, though, HC Jon Gruden doesn’t believe the injury to be serious. We’ll check on Worley’s status Sunday afternoon

The Raiders traded up 2 spots in Round 3 to draft LSU EDGE player Arden Key. The versatile pass rusher racked up 11 sacks as a 2016 sophomore but then took a leave of absence from school and dealt with a shoulder injury. Key also weight just 238 pounds in the pre-draft season. He'll need work before seeing regular playing time in the NFL and will make for a high-risk rookie pick in dynasty fantasy football drafts.

The Raiders have ruled DE Mario Edwards (ankle) out for Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. CB David Amerson (foot) is also doubtful for the game. He has missed the past 6 contests with the injury.

The Raiders will have S Karl Joseph (groin) for tonight's game against the Dolphins. He's active after missing last week's game at Buffalo. CB David Amerson, however, will miss a 2nd straight game with a foot injury.

Raiders DE Mario Edwards returned to practice Monday for the 1st time since training camp. That came after the team designated him to return from IR, following time off for a hip injury. Oakland now has 3 weeks during which to move Edwards to the active roster, or shut him down for the season. Edwards said there's no timetable for his return to game action, and it's too late in the year for IDP owners to be tracking his progress for fantasy usage.

Raiders S Karl Joseph left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win over the Bills with a left big toe injury. S Nate Allen filled in the rest of the way. Joseph didn't open the game on the field, however -- with Reggie Nelson the lone true safety, alongside CBs David Amerson, Sean Smith and T.J. Carrie. That followed a 76.9% snap share for Joseph in Week 12, his smallest since entering the lineup. Combine that with the toe injury, and it's tough to trust Joseph over the next 3 weeks. You can stash him on your bench in a deeper IDP league, but feel free to move on to another DB in average-sized redraft leagues.

The Raiders have ruled out DT Stacy McGee for Sunday's game against the Bucs with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice all week. Oakland gets a bye after the Week 9 home showdown with Denver, so don't be surprised if we don't see McGee on the field again until Week 11 against Houston.

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Raiders LB Malcolm Smith is active for today's game against the Chiefs after sitting out Week 5 with a groin injury. Smith practiced all week but was limited each day, so we might see Oakland limit his snaps a bit. Smith's decreased production to date vs. last year makes him not worth the risk if you're trying to break a tie for your IDP lineup.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with the quad injury that cost him Week 5. He put in limited practices all week. We'll keep an eye on his status this weekend. But after Perry Riley played well in Smith's place last Sunday, we'd wait at least a week before using Smith in IDP leagues even if he's active and starting again.

3:12pm EDT 10/9/16

Raiders ILB Malcolm Smith is active for today's game against the Chargers, despite a quad injury that had him questionable heading into the day. ILB Cory James remains the stronger IDP play, however, given Smith's health status.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith is questionable for Sunday's game at San Diego with the quad injury that knocked him out of last Sunday's win over Baltimore. Smith missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before putting in a limited workout Friday. We'll check on his status Sunday, but you'll probably want to look elsewhere for a safer LB option in your IDP league.

10:21am EDT 10/6/16

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith missed practice Wednesday with a quad injury that knocked him out of Sunday's win over the Ravens. Oakland signed former Washington LB Perry Riley earlier this week, which would seem to indicate pessimism on Smith's status. The team also lost LB Ben Heeney to injury, though, so it needs depth whether Smith's ready to return or not. We'll keep an eye on his participation. Rookie LB Cory James will be the top Raiders LB play in IDP leagues this week either way.

Raiders DE Mario Edwards left Friday night's game with a hip injury. HC Jack Del Rio wouldn't update his status afterward, but the team's radio broadcast reported that X-rays came back negative. We'll watch for a diagnosis and see how this affects Edwards' IDP outlook.

The Raiders have reached a 2-year deal with S Reggie Nelson. The former Bengal and Jaguar joins a secondary that has lost S Charles Woodson to retirement. Fellow S Nate Allen missed most of last season with injuries after signing as a free agent last offseason. And Oakland could use reinforcements at CB with former #1 pick D.J. Hayden playing his way off the field. All of that could mean tackle and pass-breakup opportunities for Nelson, who has been a decent IDP contributor at times but inconsistent with his fantasy scoring.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio said Monday that he expects DE Mario Edwards to miss Thursday night's game against the Chargers because of a neck injury he suffered in the 1st quarter of Sunday's loss to the Packers, according to Jimmy Durkin of ibabuzz.com.

Raiders OLB Khalil Mack missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, but it's not time to get worried just yet. According to the Bay Area News Group: "Mack jogged off the practice field and toward the locker room right at the start of the team’s first full practice of the week. It wouldn’t be the first time Mack has missed a Wednesday practice to rest a minor injury and Thursday’s session will be a bigger indicator if there’s any sort of a major concern." We'll keep an eye on his status the rest of the week. Mack has been on fire for IDP owners lately.

The Raiders have activated S Nate Allen from short-term IR. He has been out since suffering a Week 1 knee injury but is expected to reclaim his starting spot next to Charles Woodson, according to Pro Football Talk. That would push T.J. Carrie back to CB, which has featured David Amerson and D.J. Hayden as starters for most of Allen's absence. We'll see how the playing time works out among this crew going forward. All make for fairly risky IDP options this week against Minnesota.

 
 
 

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