Raiders rookie Hunter Renfrow to miss significant time with rib injury

Raiders rookie Hunter Renfrow to miss significant time with rib injury

ALAMEDA – Hunter Renfrow is the only Raiders receiver to play every game this season. That streak, it seems, is coming to an end.

The fifth-round draft pick suffered a rib injury during a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets that could keep him out a significant stretch, head coach Jon Gruden said during his Monday press conference. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday that Renfrow suffered a broken rib and a punctured lung on Sunday, and Gruden could not eliminate the possibility that the rookie will miss the season's final five games. 

"We’ll see the severity of it. We’ll never put anybody at risk," Gruden said. "...We have to make sure he sees the people he needs to see and we make the decision based on the medical exams. We’re concerned, we’re disappointed and we’ll miss him."


Individuals with punctured lungs are often not allowed to fly, but Gruden said Renfrow was cleared to travel home Sunday night with the team.

Losing him before the Raiders play a monumental AFC West game in Kansas City is a significant blow. The Raiders have other receivers who can play the slot, but nobody who specializes in that role like Renfrow does.

Gruden said Keelan Doss could play more in the slot -- he has been inactive most weeks -- with Zay Jones and tight ends Darren Waller and Derek Carrier are options working inside. 

"Not having Hunter available is a big loss for us," Gruden said. "We've had a lot of turnover at that position this year. It's really too bad. I'll say this: Renfrow is going to be a great Raider. He has really been playing well for us."

The Raiders have struggled at receiver, with Renfrow developing into a steadying presence in the pattern. That has been especially true on third down, where he finds enough space to move the chains.

Renfrow spoke after the loss about a big hit taken early in Sunday’s game that brought him to the sideline for a spell, but the Clemson product said he just got the wind knocked out of him. He returned to the game after that hit and had a Jets defender land on him after a reception converted a third down in the second half.

An official sensed something was wrong and came over to check on him, and Renfrow left the field at that point.

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Renfrow has 36 receptions for 396 yards and two touchdowns on the season, with 23 of his catches going for first downs.

Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says


Las Vegas Raiders can use Tom Brady to build business, Jay Glazer says

While Derek Carr was in Las Vegas for the Raiders' official rebranding this week, speculation about Tom Brady joining the Silver and Black continues to simmer.

Two weeks ago, The Athletic's Jay Glazer said that Brady to the Raiders is a "no-brainer" because it would help with ticket sales, among other things.

On Friday, Glazer added a bit more context when asked again about where Brady will play next season.

"I said it last week, the Chargers or the Raiders," Glazer wrote. "I spoke about the business side of things. You guys kind of jumped on me talking about how great ticket sales are for the Raiders. I don’t know if I said ticket sales or not but there’s way more than ticket sales when you’re building up a business. They can use Tom Brady to build the business of the Raiders, which will now be an international team. I say that because of all the big business whales from all over the world who are going to come to Las Vegas and now be exposed to the Raiders."

"That’s going to be a hot ticket. The international marketing will be huge. The Raiders are going to be big players internationally with that. That’s why I would think it’s a brilliant move to go to Vegas."

Brady, who will turn 43 years old before the start of the 2020 NFL season, is a free agent and could move on the Patriots, the only franchise he has ever known.

Carr is under contract with the Raiders for three more seasons, and recently said he is "looking forward" to being under center for the first snap in Las Vegas. But head coach Jon Gruden didn't give the most glowing endorsement of Carr after the regular-season finale in December.

All of this has fueled chatter that the Raiders could bring in Brady to help open their first season in Sin City.

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While Brady led the Patriots to a 12-4 record this past season, his numbers declined, suggesting that his best days are behind him.

If owner Mark Davis and Gruden want to win games and continue to build a solid foundation for the future, they'll stick with Carr. If they are more concerned with making a sexy splash, they'll make the change to Brady.

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Derek Carr 'looking forward' to being QB in Raiders' Las Vegas opener

Out of a possible 96 starts since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, quarterback Derek Carr has been under center for 94 of them.

But after a disappointing 7-9 season, many Raiders fans have clamored for a change at the game’s most important position.

Carr, however, hasn’t paid the rumors or social media fodder too much attention.

“But I'll say it this way,” Carr said (h/t ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez). “I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out -- until I'm done."

The 28-year-old had a career year in 2019, setting career-highs in passing yards (4,054), yards per attempt (7.9), and quarterback rating (100.8).

But coach Jon Gruden grew frustrated with Carr’s inability to throw the ball downfield consistently, and some potential free agent quarterbacks reportedly have caught the Raiders’ eye.

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As the team re-brands and moves into its new home in Sin City, some believe the team will bring on a new starting signal-caller to usher in the Las Vegas Raiders era.

Just don’t count Carr among them.