HOUSTON -- The Raiders will be without starting fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) and starting right defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) for the second consecutive game today against the Houston Texans.Also, rookie cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) is a no-go as are cornerback Chris Johnson (groinhamstring), receiver Louis Murphy (hamstring), tight endfullback Richard Gordon (hand) and offensive tackle Stephon Heyer, to fill out the list of Raiders inactive.As such, rookie Manase Tonga, signed from the practice squad on Saturday with linebacker Ricky Brown put on season-ending Injured Reserve, will start at fullback.And rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke will start at cornerback while Jarvis Moss, slowed this week with a chest injury, will start at defensive end in place of Shaughnessy again.Texans InactivesTJ Yates (QB), Sherrick McManis (CB), Derrick Ward (RB), Tim Dobbins (LB), Thomas Austin (G), Andrew Gardner (T), Andre Johnson (WR)
ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for making contact with an official.
He was on the sideline to start a 3rd-down-and-16 play in the second quarter, when a draw was called. Quarterback Derek Carr was stopped quickly, yet Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters delivered a late hit many Raiders didn’t appreciate.
A scuffle ensued, and Lynch ran on to the field to enter the fray. You can’t do that.
It seemed like he was getting between Raiders teammates and Peters, Lynch’s good friend and fellow Oakland native. He made contact with an official during the incident, and seemed to push him before realizing the man was wearing stripes.
He was ejected by rule and forced to leave the field immediately. Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official and will possibly face a suspension.
The Raiders were granted a first down, but ultimately missed a field goal attempt.
Lynch wasn’t active on that drive or the series before, spending that time with his helmet off. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 when Lynch was ejected. He had two carries for nine yards at the time.
The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense.
Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.
Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle.
The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs:
Cornerback Gareon Conley
Quarterback Connor Cook
Linebacker Cory James
Linebacker Marquel Lee
Tackle Marshall Newhouse
Defensive End Jihad Ward
Tackle Jylan Ware