ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' receiving corps will look much different now than it did just a few weeks back. The Silver and Black rolled into a Week 6 game against the Seattle Seahawks with Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant featured in the pattern.
It’s possible, maybe even likely, that none of those guys will be available for next week’s game at Arizona.
Cooper obviously is unavailable, as he's now a featured player in Dallas after being traded to the Cowboys.
Nelson has a knee injury that will be examined further this week, with a real prospect of him missing time.
That leaves Brandon LaFell, Seth Roberts, Dwayne Harris and seventh-round draft pick Marcell Ateman as Raiders receivers heading into the Cardinals game.
That’s a far less dynamic crew.
“It’s tough, obviously, with Amari gone and Martavis out. Jordy out,” Gruden said in a Monday press conference said. "We will knock on Marcell Ateman’s door and perhaps give him an opportunity to step forward. We will bring in some receivers to work out tomorrow, and if we need to make a roster spot, we will.”
Ateman was promoted from the practice squad on Oct. 22, but he has been inactive each week. The Oklahoma State product will make his NFL debut if Nelson can’t go against the Cardinals.