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Raiders injury report: Tyrell Williams, Arden Key ruled out vs. Packers

Raiders injury report: Tyrell Williams, Arden Key ruled out vs. Packers

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.

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Here’s the full injury report for both teams:

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS
Out
DE Arden Key (knee)
WR Tyrell Williams (foot))

Doubtful
RT Trent Brown (calf)

Questionable
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)
RG Gabe Jackson (knee)

PACKERS
Out

WR Davante Adams (toe)
S Darnell Savage (ankle)

Doubtful
WR Geronimo Allison (concussion/chest)

Questionable
CB Tony Brown (hamstring)
DL Kenny Clark (calf)
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle/knee)

Raiders sign veteran linebacker Preston Brown, add another new face

Raiders sign veteran linebacker Preston Brown, add another new face

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders added another veteran defender on Monday, signing Preston Brown to supplement the linebacker corps. Brown worked out for the Silver and Black and officially joined the team in the wake of Sunday’s 17-10 win over a Cincinnati Bengals team that cut him recently.

Brown’s an old-school middle linebacker, someone who can make sure tackles and fit in well on obvious rushing downs. The Raiders primarily use two linebacker sets even in base packages, bringing in relative newcomer Will Compton against heavier sets.

Brown believes he’ll be able to integrate well and play quickly, considering the similarities between Paul Guenther’s scheme and what is run in Cincinnati.

“I have a lot of the terminology down already, so it’s just a matter of getting back,” Brown said. “I’m excited about it.”

He has watched Raiders film already and likes what he has seen from this group. Brown helped run the Bengals defense until recently. He was released on Tuesday, spent a couple days as a free agent and now is with a new team.

He goes from a winless crew to one in the playoffs, an intriguing aspect of this new gig.

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“It’s really cool, especially coming from an 0-9, now 0-10 team,” Brown said. “There’s a lot more life, a lot more energy over here. That’s fun to be around.”

The Raiders are Brown’s third team in six seasons. He spent his first four NFL years as a full-time starter in Buffalo before moving on to Cincinnati in 2018. He wasn’t as integral to that team. His best season came in 2017, when he had 101 tackles and three passes defensed.

Raiders-Chiefs Week 13 AFC West matchup flexed to afternoon slot

Raiders-Chiefs Week 13 AFC West matchup flexed to afternoon slot

Remember back in Week 3 when the Raiders were licking their wounds after being dismantled by the Vikings to open their five-game road trip?

Jon Gruden's club was 1-2, two games back of the Chiefs in the AFC West with four consecutive road games staring them in the face. The AFC West crown was the Chiefs and no one would be told otherwise.

How the tables have turned.

The Raiders survived their road odyssey and returned home to win three straight games to head into a Week 12 matchup with the Jets at 6-4. The Chiefs, meanwhile, hit some road bumps. They dropped games to the Colts and Texans before quarterback Patrick Mahomes dislocated his knee cap.

Backup quarterback Matt Moore went 1-1 in relief. Mahomes returned in Week 10, but KC's defense was gashed on the ground by the Titans and they fell to ... 6-4.

Gruden and old friend Andy Reid still have one more showdown on the calendar, with the Raiders' Week 13 visit to Arrowhead Stadium possibly serving as the AFC West title game. 

As such, the NFL has opted to flex the Dec. 1 game from the 10 a.m. PT window to the 1:25 p.m. PT slot. The move shifts the Browns-Steelers matchup into the 10 a.m. PT slot. The 49ers-Ravens game will remain in the 10 a.m. PT slot with the NFL opting to keep Patriots-Texans as the Sunday night game.

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The Chiefs still have to play the Chargers on Monday night in Mexico City. A loss will drop them a half-game behind the Raiders heading into their bye week. A win will ensure the AFC West rivals will be in a virtual tie at 7-4 -- with KC holding the head-to-head tiebreaker -- should the Raiders beat the Jets at MetLife Stadium in Week 12.

Gruden's Raiders have fought tooth and nail to survive injuries, a brutal schedule and the loss of Antonio Brown to give themselves a shot at the playoffs and even the division title. The Chiefs beat the Raiders at the Coliseum in Week 2, with Mahomes accounting for four second-quarter touchdowns in a 28-10 win.

This is a different Raiders team. One with an offensive identity and rookies growing more comfortable with each victory put under their belt.

The Chiefs' run defense is primed to be gashed by Josh Jacobs and the Raiders' offensive line. Oakland's banged-up secondary could be an issue against Mahomes. It's going to be quite the showdown at Arrowhead.

Knock on wood, if you're with us.