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Raiders inactives: Richie Incognito out for must-win game vs. Broncos

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Raiders inactives: Richie Incognito out for must-win game vs. Broncos

If Sunday is to be a day of destiny for the Raiders, they'll have to achieve their playoff dreams without two key members of the offense.

Rookie running back Josh Jacobs was ruled out Saturday due to his fractured shoulder, and left guard Richie Incognito was ruled inactive Sunday prior to kickoff against the Denver Broncos with an ankle injury.

The Raiders need to beat the Broncos and hope the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans lose. They also need the Indianapolis Colts to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and a win or tie by either the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions or Chicago Bears.

If all that goes right, the Silver and Black will grab the No. 6 seed in the AFC and live to fight for one more week as Bay Area pirates.

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Here are the inactives for both teams:

Raiders inactives: Keelan Doss back in fray with Hunter Renfrow out

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Raiders inactives: Keelan Doss back in fray with Hunter Renfrow out

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Keelan Doss hasn’t seen much game action this year. The Alameda native has been on the 53-man roster all year but has rarely been active, sitting down in deference to more established receivers and even second-year wideout Marcell Ateman.

He will be involved during Sunday’s game against the host Kansas City Chiefs, taking Hunter Renfrow’s spot on the 46-man active roster. Renfrow is out while dealing with a rib injury and a punctured lung suffered during last week’s loss to the New York Jets.

Doss has been inactive for the last five games.

He is an option to play in the slot, though Zay Jones will see significant snaps there as well. Doss has reliable hands but doesn’t have breakneck speed or special teams ability, which hurts his case for activation on Sundays.

He’ll be part of a Raiders receiver corps that must do better after dropping too many passes in that Jets loss.

The Raiders tightened their defensive end rotation Sunday, leaving Josh Mauro inactive for this pivotal contest against the Chiefs. Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby and Benson Mayowa will play a lot, with Dion Jordan capable of rushing from the outside as well. He has been an interior rusher in sub-packages, but the Raiders could expand his role as his comfort within the defensive system increases.

Cornerback Isaiah Johnson is another healthy scratch, leaving the Raiders with four cornerbacks. Keisean Nixon was selected over Johnson as the fourth cornerback.

David Sharpe is healthy after dealing with a calf injury, but he’s down in deference to Brandon Parker as the swing tackle.

The Raiders complete inactive list: LB Preston Brown, WR Rico Gafford, CB Isaiah Johnson, QB DeShone Kizer, DE Josh Mauro, WR Hunter Renfrow, OT David Sharpe.

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There were no surprise inactives for the Chiefs, who ruled running back Damien Williams with injured ribs.

These Raiders need to step up after losing Hunter Renfrow to rib injury

These Raiders need to step up after losing Hunter Renfrow to rib injury

ALAMEDA -- Hunter Renfrow started his rookie season as an ancillary option in the Raiders passing game. The fifth-round draft quickly earned his spot at the team’s primary slot receiver, but it took some time to create the quick separation that was his signature at Clemson.

That gave him the opportunity to make one clutch collegiate play after another and, in recent weeks, Renfrow had started doing similar things in the pros.

He caught a long touchdown in Houston. He caught the game-winning score against Detroit. He had more catches and receiving yards than anyone else the past five weeks.

The term ‘Third-and-Renfrow” had become a thing on game day, with quarterback Derek Carr targeting him frequently to move the chains. He had 23 first downs on his 36 total catches for 369 yards, most of which had come over the last month or so.

That’s why losing him at this point is such a big deal. Renfrow suffered a rib injury and reportedly punctured his lung on Sunday against the New York Jets and is out a few weeks at least and it’s a possibility he’s done for the rest of this season.

“It’s a big, big loss for us,” Raiders head coach Jon 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’s really been playing good for us.”

Gruden listed off an few options to replace Renfrow in the slot. Keelan Doss was the first. He has experience and ability to play inside, but had a tough time earning an active roster spot on game day. Zay Jones played a ton in the slot in college but hasn’t done much of that here and hasn’t become a primary target after being acquired from Buffalo.

Tight ends Darren Waller and Derek Carrier can move around the formation. Waller already plays some in the slot, though coverage will follow him anywhere. Life might get even tougher on Waller without another trusted target, meaning coach must continue to scheme him open and find moments to get him involved.

The Raiders need more from Tyrell Williams on the outside as well. He has had less than 50 yards in three of the past four weeks and had a key drop against the Jets and in a few other games. He also hasn’t been steady enough in contested catch situations.

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“I think he’s had some foot problems,” Gruden said. “He’s missed a lot of time. He’s missed some games, and I don’t know if he’s 100 percent but he’s giving us everything he has and I admire him. I think he’s a good player. He’s fighting some tough times. He knows we need him.

“It has been a tough year at our receiving position. He’s had some tough moments. He’s also had some really good moments and hopefully we’ll see the best of him down the stretch.”