NFL rumors: Raiders DE Arden Key out multiple weeks with knee injury

NFL rumors: Raiders DE Arden Key out multiple weeks with knee injury

The Raiders left London with a big 24-21 Week 5 win over the Bears, but lost one of their young defensive players while doing so. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Raiders defensive end Arden Key strained his patellar tendon Sunday and is expected to miss a couple of weeks. The team is expected to work out players at his position this week during their bye. 

Key, a third-round draft pick last year, has had a slow start to the season. He has played in all five games for the 3-2 Raiders, but only has one assisted tackle and two quarterback hits.

Coach Jon Gruden called for more production from the second-year pro a few weeks ago. 

“We have got to get more out of Arden. I’ve said that for long enough,” Gruden said after the Raiders' Week 2 loss to the Chiefs. “Arden, if you are listening, we got to get you going."

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If Key is to step it up this season for the Silver and Black, it won't be for quite some time.

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

Derek Carr praises Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock for Raiders' rookie class

One week after the Raiders announced Mike Mayock as their general manager, the former longtime NFL draft analyst found his first assignment: The College Football Playoff National Championship. 

Clearly, he liked what he saw at Levi's Stadium. The Raiders selected four players -- defensive end Clelin Ferrell, running back Josh Jacobs, cornerback Trayvon Mullen and receiver Hunter Renfrow -- from the national championship. These players came from winning college programs in Clemson and Alabama, and it showing on and off the field.

Quarterback Derek Carr has taken notice to the maturity of the Raiders' rookie class, giving a round of applause to Mayock and coach Jon Gruden.

"They already understand what it means to be a top-level pro, and their effort and determination is there. The only thing that's gonna stop them is circumstance. These guys are completely understanding of what it means to be a professional at this league, and you have to give a lot of credit to Mr. Mayock and coach Gruden," Carr said on the Raider Cody Podcast.

"They sought these guys out. They interviewed them. They obviously went through that rigorous process with the draft and things like that." 

Mayock and Gruden's draft picks are panning out so far for the 3-2 Raiders.

Jacobs looks like a future star and already has 430 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also has added another 77 yards receiving. Renfrow ranks third on the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (101). Ferrell missed last game with a concussion. He has 10 tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss. 

Even late-round draft picks like defensive end Maxx Crosby and tight end Foster Moreau look like contributors for years to come. 

[RELATED: Raiders mailbag: Crosby is high among standout rookies]

Carr and the Raiders are enjoying their bye week after a big Week 5 win over the Bears in London. The QB is staying in shape, though, and had tight end Derek Carrier over for a home workout this week. One of the first subjects they brought up was the team's rookies. 

"They're all professionals. You don't look at these guys as rookies, they're just pros," Carr said. "They get it. They're able to contribute, they know their weaknesses, they know their flaws, they're OK admitting their flaws." 

Through the early portion of the season, the Raiders have surprised many with a winning record after an offseason full of drama and headaches. And their rookies are a big reason why.

NFL rumors: Raiders' Richie Incognito fined for penalties in London


NFL rumors: Raiders' Richie Incognito fined for penalties in London

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock knew the Raiders weren't signing a "Boy Scout" when they brought in offensive lineman Richie Incogntio this offseason, and Incognito reportedly picked up his first two fines in Silver and Black this weekend. 

The NFL reportedly fined Incognito $21,054 for a chop block and unnecessary roughness in the Raiders' Week 5 win over the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. 

The offensive lineman served a two-game suspension earlier this season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after threatening to shoot people and punching a hole in the wall at the Arizona funeral home where his father's body was kept. Incognito pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemanors from the incident, and he pleaded guilty to another misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from a separate incident at his grandmother's home two days later. 

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Including suspensions, Incognito now has forfeited $716,953 in salary in his NFL career, according to Spotrac data. 

The Raiders signed Incognito to a one-year contract this offseason, and he has become a key part of the Raiders' newfound run-based identity. Since Incognito's Week 3 debut, the Raiders ranked sixth in the league in rushing yards (445) entering Sunday.