The injury issues for the Las Vegas Raiders have gone from bad to worse this week. There are few teams that are as banged up as Jon Gruden’s squad, especially on offense. It seems like every player outside of Derek Carr is dealing with a serious or nagging injury.
After missing Henry Ruggs for the Week 3 game against the New England Patriots, the Raiders will be without fellow promising rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards against the Buffalo Bills.
Edwards has been dealing with ankle issues all season and he made it worse on what was his best play of the season. He had a 34-yard catch and run but landed awkwardly on his bum ankle. Edwards was getting a lot of hype heading into the season but hadn’t made much of an impact yet. It looked like he was finally starting to get comfortable against the Patriots but the injury derailed his progress. The Raiders should just be happy that the ankle isn’t bad enough to have to put Edwards on the injured reserve just yet.
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Outlook Not Good Currently for Henry Ruggs
To make things even worse for the Raiders, Henry Ruggs is doubtful to play versus the Bills, per Rapoport.
If Ruggs is out, that means the Raiders will be without both of their starting wide receivers on Sunday. The first-rounder being out against the Patriots clearly hurt the offense as they were sorely missing a deep threat to take some attention off Darren Waller.
Buffalo has another strong defense so the lack of Edwards and Ruggs is going to be a problem. The good news is that it sounds like Ruggs won’t be out for too much longer. It would be a surprise if he’s not ready for Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s a tough player so it’s possible he suits up against Buffalo but it’s seeming highly unlikely.
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Hunter Renfrow’s Time to Shine
If we’re counting Tyrell Williams being on the injured reserve, the Raiders are without their three top wide receivers right now. These problems are reminiscent of what happened to the team last season. That means it’s time for Hunter Renfrow to step up once again.
Renfrow became the team’s most reliable wide receiver last year and he showed that same playmaking ability against the Patriots. He may not be the most dynamic player on the Raiders offense but he’s great at getting open and is as sure-handed as they come. If neither Ruggs nor Edwards can go on Sunday, Renfrow is likely to be Derek Carr’s top target against the Bills.
While he’s a good player, that’s not an ideal situation for the Raiders to be in. They need Zay Jones and Nelson Agholor to step up. Both men have made plays this season but haven’t been consistent targets. It’s time for Waller to reawaken after a poor showing in Week 3.
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