ALAMEDA, Calif. — Quarterback Derek Carr had a welcome sight when he walked out on the practice field Wednesday.
Tyrell Williams, the Raiders’ top wide receiver, participated in a limited capacity after missing the last two games with plantar fasciitis.
“It’s very nice to have No. 16 back on the field,” Carr said. “A familiar face. I’ve thrown a lot of passes to him, so that’s good. Hopefully we’ll have him out there Sunday.”
Williams said his availability will depend on how his foot reacts to going through practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, but he said the painful injury has taken more of a toll on him mentally.
“It’s been rough,” he said after practice at the team’s facility. “I’ve never missed a game in my career. … I’ve just been trying to battle it. That’s kind of been the hardest part for me, regardless of the pain, just not being out there for those guys. I want to be dependable.”
Coach Jon Gruden is cautiously optimistic he could get Williams back soon, which would be a boost to the passing game. He scored a touchdown in each of the four games he has played for the Raiders.
“I thought he looked pretty good today,” Gruden said. “He’s still questionable, but we’ll see. We’ll give him one more day to go out there and test that foot.”
Williams was just happy to be one step closer to a return.
“It just felt good to get out there and run around,” he said. “I’ve been sore for awhile, so just trying to work through that. Going in the right direction for sure. I feel good about (playing on Sunday). I just have to see how it responds the next few days.”
OAKLAND -- With Josh Jacobs missing Sunday's Week 14 game against the Titans with a shoulder injury, the Raiders are going to need contributions from everyone.
Maurice Hurst did his part early in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum.
With the Titans driving, quarterback Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and attempted to sling the ball to his left. The pass was deflected by Dion Jordan, and then fluttered into the arms of Hurst, who rumbled 55 yards the other way before Tannehill chased him down with a big hit.
Get the O2 tank to Hurst, stat.
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The Raiders capitalized on the turnover a few plays later when DeAndre Washington plunged in from 14 yards out to make it 7-0.
A win Sunday by the Raiders would have them leapfrog Tennesee in the AFC standings and put them back on the playoff doorstep.
After getting blown out by the Jets and Chiefs in back-to-back weeks, the Raiders need all the help they can get to make the playoffs.
They almost got what would have been one of the weirdest breaks in NFL history Sunday.
The 8-4 Chiefs are in Foxboro, Mass., to face the 10-2 Patriots in a key AFC clash. Kansas City can clinch the AFC West with a win, but some of the team's equipment was accidentally sent to New Jersey instead of to Foxboro, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.
As the Chiefs were unloading their gear Saturday, one container wasn't unloaded and instead made its way to New Jersey. That container had the equipment for 35 players. The Chiefs had to rush the equipment to Boston.
If had not made it to Gillette Stadium by kickoff, then the Chiefs would have had to forfeit the game.
But the equipment arrived in Foxboro about 90 minutes before kickoff, setting up a massive AFC battle between star QBS Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes.
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The Raiders, meanwhile, will face the 7-5 Titans in a must-win AFC battle at the Coliseum. A win would vault the Raiders back into the playoff periphery, while a loss would all but end their playoff hopes. The AFC West is in the hands of the Chiefs, but the Raiders almost caught a massive break.
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