ALAMEDA – Raiders No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams hasn’t practiced in a long, long time. He didn’t work out at all leading up to the game against the Chicago Bears in London and wasn’t able to play. A full bye week off didn’t get him right, and head coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday his bout of plantar fasciitis isn’t getting much better.
Gruden wasn’t kidding. Williams wasn’t able to practice Friday and was formally ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
This is a nightmare scenario for the Raiders offense, already working without a full deck. They’ve become reliant on newcomers Trevor Davis and Zay Jones on the outside with previously cut Keelan Doss and Marcell Ateman in reserve.
Rookie Hunter Renfrow is the only constant, the lone receiver who has played every game thus far.
The Raiders have worked around the issue going with a run-heavy attack while featuring tight ends and running backs in the passing game. Expect that theme to continue Sunday against the Packers and beyond, until Williams gets back and Jones gets up to speed.
Williams’ status for Sunday wasn’t the only bad injury news Gruden delivered after Friday’s practice. Right tackle Trent Brown is doubtful with a calf strain, making it unlikely the offensive line will be whole for the first time all year. Right guard Gabe Jackson is questionable but seems set to return, though his running mate might not be there alongside him.
Brown will travel to Green Bay with the team, and the Raiders hope he can respond well over the next few days and play. Generally speaking, players tagged as doubtful rarely play, but it’s possible he can return. Brown was limited in Friday’s walk-through practice.
While the Raiders are banged up at key spots, the Packers are dealing with several injuries. Green Bay receiver Davante Adams was ruled out, and fellow receiver Geronimo Allison was considered doubtful. Marquez Valdes-Scantling was questionable, meaning the Packers are also ailing at the receiver spot.
Jimmy Graham missed two practices this week but was pulled off the injury report and will play.
Here’s the full injury report for both teams:
DE Arden Key (knee)
WR Tyrell Williams (foot))
RT Trent Brown (calf)
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)
WR Davante Adams (toe)
S Darnell Savage (ankle)
WR Geronimo Allison (concussion/chest)
CB Tony Brown (hamstring)
DL Kenny Clark (calf)
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle/knee)