Tyrell Williams

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:


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

RT Trent Brown (calf)

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


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

WR Geronimo Allison (concussion/chest)

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

Derek Carr making best of Raiders' revolving cast of wide receivers


Derek Carr making best of Raiders' revolving cast of wide receivers

ALAMEDA -- Oh, how things can change in six weeks. 

Prior to the start of the season, many had deemed it a "make-or-break" one for Derek Carr. After years of wide receivers being shuffled in and out of Oakland, Carr finally was expected to have an arsenal of playmakers at his disposal. A group that was expected to be there for years to come. 

The Raiders had gone from Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts, Jordy Nelson and Cordarrelle Patterson, to Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and J.J. Nelson, not to mention tight end Darren Waller. 

But six weeks into the season, things look a little different for the Raiders at the receiver position than they expected. 

Brown went AWOL and got released prior to the start of the season. Williams was shuffled from the No. 2 receiver to the No. 1 and has been battling a foot ailment for the past three weeks. Nelson fought injuries before being cut, and Renfrow has faced some normal rookie growing pains. 

Head coach Jon Gruden has brought in Trevor Davis and Zay Jones by way of in-season trades, leaving Carr to develop new chemistry on the fly after a summer spent throwing passes to Brown, Williams, Nelson and Ryan Grant, who also has since been cut loose. 

The revolving door at wide receiver is something Carr got used to early in his career, and something he's trying to make the most of once again. 

"I don't even know what that means," Carr said while laughing after being asked what it would be like to have continuity at wideout. "Yeah, I don't even know what to say to that. You got me. That was a pretty funny one. I think the most stability I've had is when we had [Seth Roberts], [Amari Cooper] and [Michael Crabtree] for, what was it, two years? And that was pretty fun. But it is what it is, man. At the end of the day, no one cares in this league. You have to go out and perform and win football games. That's No. 1. 

"To be honest with you, it's kind of exciting," Carr continued. "I love the challenge. I wish it wasn't the case, but I do like the challenge. Because no one expected us in Indy or against Chicago to be able to throw the ball or do anything and we were able to go out there and play some good football. It is a fun challenge. I think we all do wish there was stability and we had our guys for the next 10 years, and hopefully, we do have them right now. Hopefully, these guys are it. I know they hope so. I know I hope so. 

"It's been a roller coaster of guys that we've had here and then not here and then back here again, so I just go with the flow. I'm just here to control what I can control and do my job."

The Raiders acquired Jones in a trade with the BIlls prior to the bye week, hoping to give Carr a vertical weapon they've been looking for since Brown was jettisoned. While it will take time to get the East Carolina product up to speed, Carr has been impressed with what he's seen so far. 

"Zay is a really good football player," Carr said. "When we traded for him, Lee Smith FaceTimed me and said, 'I can't believe it, man. You are absolutely going to love this guy.' I don't know what happened in Buffalo, to be honest with you, I wasn't paying much attention to other teams and their situations in-house. What I do know is that when he showed up I was like, 'Dang! Who's this guy?'

"All I know is that he's one of the most polite, humble, hard-working guys I've been around," Carr continued. "It means something to him and I'm glad we got him. And for what we gave up for him, you wouldn't think that's what he's worth. So I'm excited about the deal and I'm glad we have him." 

Jones got a crash course in the offense during the bye week and the Raiders hope he can be of some help Sunday when they travel to Green Bay to face the Packers. Carr knows the desired quarterback-receiver chemistry won't happen overnight, though. 

"There's timing with quarterbacks and receivers that you have to have," Carr said. "He's a good enough football player to where we can plug him and he can be productive. That second nature type stuff and second instinct kind of things, that will take a little bit of time, right? Those are just the cards we're dealt right now. But he's the type of guy and he's a super-smart football player where he can come in and play and help us. Which is very exciting."

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Despite the overall lack of weapons this season, Carr has played well for the most part. He's thrown for 1,117 yards, six touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 73.3 percent of his passes. He's also played a key role in directing the Raiders' efficient running attack that helped Oakland secure back-to-back wins over the Colts and Bears before the bye week. 

One day the Raiders' revolving door of receivers will cease. Until then, it's up to Carr to make it work. That's just life in the NFL. 

Raiders injury report: Tyrell Williams dealing with plantar fasciitis


Raiders injury report: Tyrell Williams dealing with plantar fasciitis

ALAMEDA – The Raiders quietly were optimistic wide receiver Tyrell Williams would be able to play against the Chicago Bears in London despite missing that practice week with a foot injury.

Didn’t happen.

The team’s No. 1 receiver didn’t return to practice after the bye week and remained out Wednesday as they begin preparation in earnest for Sunday’s showdown in Green Bay.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden got a bit more specific with Williams’ foot injury after Wednesday’s practice, saying he was dealing with plantar fasciitis.

“Whatever that is, he has,” Gruden said. “It’s not getting much better.”

The injury stems from inflammation in the band that connects the heel to the toes. It can be extremely painful and debilitating for athletes. The injury can take some time to heal, even with aggressive treatment.

That’s terrible news for the Raiders receiver corps, a position group in near constant flux. They need Williams active and available to improve in the passing game, where they barely contributed in a 24-21 victory over the Bears.

The Raiders were also without right tackle Trent Brown on Wednesday due to a calf strain suffered in practice two days before. He was seem rehabbing in a pool next to the team’s practice fields with defensive end Arden Key, who is out with a knee injury.

Gruden hopes that right guard Gabe Jackson can play his first game of the year Sunday after returning from a knee injury earlier this week.

“We’re going to see how he feels after this practice, and again tomorrow,” Gruden said. “He took a few reps on Monday, a few more today, and we’ll put the pads on tomorrow. We’re going to listen to him.”

Gruden also noted that fill-in right guard Denzelle Good was excused for a personal matter and should return to work on Thursday.

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Also, the Packers signed former Raiders receiver Ryan Grant on Wednesday. The veteran was cut after a few weeks due to ineffectiveness. He’ll certainly get peppered to share intel on the Raiders offensive scheme.

Here’s the full Raiders participation report:

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
RT Trent Brown (calf)
G Denzelle Good (not injury related)
DE Arden Key (knee)
WR Tyrell Williams (foot)

Limited practice
DB Lamarcus Joyner (groin)
G Gabe Jackson (knee)
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)

Full practice
DE Clelin Ferrell (concussion)
RB Josh Jacobs (elbow)
LB Nicholas Morrow (ankle)
TE Darren Waller (foot)