As if losing 20-6 to the Chargers on Sunday wasn't bad enough, the Raiders appear to have lost wide receiver Martavis Bryant for a significant period of time.
Bryant left Sunday's game with a knee injury and did not return. After the game, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the team is "really concerned" about Bryant, and for good reason.
Bryant suffered a "possible PCL tear, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Bryant, who caught three passes for 17 yards before leaving the game, ranks third among Raiders receivers with 19 catches for 266 yards this season, despite missing two games. An extended absence for Bryant likely would mean more reps for Seth Roberts, Dwayne Harris and Marcell Ateman.
Roberts and Harris are veterans, and Ateman is a rookie who was called up from the practice squad after the Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys three weeks ago.
Houston, you have a serious problem. Okay, you have a few serious problems. You're a lifeless 4-7 and now Carmelo Anthony is becoming a distraction.
A day after ESPN reported that the Rockets and Anthony were discussing his role, The New York Times reported at 1:57pm PT on Sunday that the 10-time All-Star has been informed "his brief time with the team will soon be ending."
Less than 20 minutes later, Rockets GM Daryl Morey spoke with reporters Sunday afternoon and denied that the team is planning to release Anthony.
Anthony didn't play in the Rockets' game on Saturday night in San Antonio and he won't play Sunday against the Pacers in Houston due to an illness.
In 10 games with the Rockets, Anthony is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes. Anthony's 40.5 field goal percentage is the second lowest of his career, behind only last season's 40.4 percent with the Thunder.
Jon Gruden has a bag of tricks? And he went into it?
Yep! On the Raiders' opening drive on Sunday against the Chargers, Derek Carr threw incomplete to tight end Jared Cook, setting up a 4th and 4 from their own 37-yard line. Rookie punter Johnny Townsend came onto the field.
What happened next shocked everyone watching.
Townsend took the snap and ran down the left sideline. By the time he went out of bounds, he had scampered 42 yards for a Raiders first down.
The Raiders weren't able to cash in on the trickeration as they were stuffed on 4th and goal at the 1-yard line.