DENVER – Raiders strong safety Karl Joseph will miss a fourth straight game with a toe injury. The first-round rookie was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos despite being considered doubtful on the team’s injury report.
He wasn’t expected to play despite practicing as a limited participant twice during the week.
Joseph is expected to make a return in the playoffs, though his absence hasn’t hurt the Raiders much. Nate Allen has been solid stepping in for Joseph.
There was some hope defensive tackle Stacy McGee could return to action, but he’ll miss a fifth straight game. He had an ankle injury for most of that span, but is now down with a groin strain.
The Raiders also ruled Derek Carr, Antonio Hamilton, Austin Howard, Denver Krikland and Branden Jackson inactive.
The Broncos ruled star linebacker Brandon Marshall inactive for this game. The Broncos are also playing without defensive lineman Derek Wolfe and safety T.J. Ward. DeMarcus Ware was placed on injured reserve a few days ago.
Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.
So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:
This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month:
And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.
It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.
With the Raiders making plenty of moves during the offseason, that meant some players would be saying their goodbyes.
That was the case with tight end Jared Cook who is nearing a deal with the Saints.
He said his goodbyes via his Instagram:
NBC Sports California's Scott Bair said Cook leaves behind a very successful season with catching 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns. Numbers Derek Carr would surely be appreciative of.
Cook's performance certainly left an impression on the league -- the Patriots were "aggressively courting" Cook before the Saints deal as ESPN's Mike Reiss reported. That had a lot to do with Rob Gronkowski's "uncertain status."
It appeared Cook was very thankful for the time he spent with the Raiders.