ALAMEDA – The Raiders interior defensive line is ailing, with tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
They were formally designated unavailable Friday on the team’s official injury report.
The timing isn’t great from a Raiders perspective. They’re facing the NFL’s best rushing attack, and will need others to play more snaps and stop Buffalo’s run game effectively.
Dan Williams and Justin Ellis are effective run stoppers and must carry an increased workload. Jihad Ward and Denico Autry will also work extensively in the middle.
While a significant hamstring injury will forced the Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve, David Amerson expects to be back after missing last game with a knee injury.
He was limited in practice all week and is considered questionable, but feels good enough to go.
“I feel good, man,” Amerson said. “I'm ready to get back out there and compete.”
They’ll need him and Sean Smith to anchor on the outside, with TJ Carrie now stepping into the slot role.
The Raiders will also be without reserve edge rusher Shilique Calhoun, out a second game after having a procedure on his knee.
Starting interior linebackers Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are considered questionable with hamstring strains.
Quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant every practice this week and was taken off the injury report. He threw a second straight day without a glove.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan said receiver Sammy Watkins will play on Sunday against the Raiders despite a broken foot. Local reporters have suggested his snap count may be down.
Buffalo will miss cornerback Ronald Darby and receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, who were ruled out with injury.
Bills Injury Report
WR Robert Woods (knee), CB Ronald Darby (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (illness)
OLB Lorenzo Alexander (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (back), S James Ihedigbo (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), G Richie Incognito (neck), DT Marcell Dareus (abdominal), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), S Sergio Brown (wrist), G John Miller (shoulder), WR Marquise Goodwin (wrist)
Raiders Injury Report
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Stacy McGee (ankle), DT Darius Latham (ankle)
CB David Amerson (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)