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The Raiders have placed WR Henry Ruggs on the COVID list, which will keep him out of Thursday night's game against the Chargers. That takes speed out of the lineup for Vegas, but Ruggs has yet to top 3 catches in a game this year. The rookie did rank 2nd (slightly) behind Nelson Agholor in snaps among Raiders wideouts in Sunday's loss to the Colts. His absence figures to elevate the role of fellow rookie Bryan Edwards, who operated as the #4 receiver against Indy. Edwards would join Agholor and Hunter Renfrow as the top 3 at the position for an upside matchup with a struggling Chargers defense.

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The Raiders released WR Henry Ruggs. Fantasy owners can do the same. Facing DUI causing death charges, Ruggs won't play again this season. And there's a real chance that his football career is over.

Raiders WR Henry Ruggs will be charged with DUI resulting in death, the Las Vegas police announced in a statement. Ruggs reportedly rear-ended a vehicle early Tuesday morning. He remained on scene and "showed signs of impairment," per the statement, before being transported to a local hospital. Ruggs is expected to be ok, but the driver of the other vehicle passed away. We're still awaiting a statement from the Raiders, but Ruggs obviously won't play vs. the Giants this weekend and probably won't play again this season. DUI resulting in death is punishable by imprisonment for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 20 in Nevada.

TMZ reports that Raiders WR Henry Ruggs was involved in a serious car accident in Las Vegas early Tuesday morning. No word on Ruggs' condition, but the pictures of the accident look bad. Stay tuned for updates.

Update: A source tells TMZ that Ruggs is expected to be OK.

Raiders WR Henry Ruggs said during his Wednesday press conference that he packed on 13 pounds this offseason. “It was my focus. It’s a man’s game now and I’m not the biggest guy, but I have to get to where I can compete with grown men now,” Ruggs said. “So that was one of my biggest things that I hammered on was getting bigger, eating all the time, and just hammering down in the weight room. And people [have been] saying I look noticeably bigger, so I guess it’s paying off.” We've seen some speed guys in the past try to add weight and lose some of the speed that set them apart, so we'll be interested to see Ruggs in action. The 2nd-year wideout seems mindful of that. “Even in the weight room, you work on different things, but when you’re gaining weight, you still have to do the little-guy things that I’m known for,” Ruggs said. “So, still hammered on those things and just got better in the things that I needed to work on.” Ruggs remains outside the top 50 WRs in ADP, so there's little risk in betting he can step into Vegas' top role.

Raiders QB Derek Carr talked up 2nd-year WR Henry Ruggs after minicamp. “Man, he’s been impressive,” Carr said via The Athletic. “The way he’s running routes. He’s being violent in his cuts. I think something clicked in his head. Just like with everybody, you play a season in the NFL, you go back and watch the tape and you’re like, ‘Wow, I know what it takes now.’ And you either do it or you don’t. And he’s showing already that he said, ‘Nah, I’m going to do it.’ And it’s been so impressive.” In 2020, the Raiders miscast Ruggs as a downfield WR, helping contribute to a poor 26-452-2 line (13 games). The ‘Bama product has added weight this offseason and will start opposite either Bryan Edwards (the WR2 favorite) or John Brown. Ruggs is well worth a look in the double-digit rounds of best ball drafts.

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