Moehrig, James Absent, Per Beat Writer
As the Las Vegas Raiders prepare for their Week 2 fight with the Arizona Cardinals, several injuries continue to plague the roster. According to The Athletic’s Tashan Reed, several notable Raiders were absent from practice today. This casts doubt on their future and their availability for this Sunday.
Raiders News: The team is without three starters today
Denzel Perryman, Trevon Moehrig and Andre James weren’t available at the Raiders’ practice facility. James was taken by ambulance right after the Los Angeles Chargers game last Sunday. Losing your starting center is a devastating injury, especially considering how thin the offensive line is. As Reed reported, the Raiders have rookie Dylan Parham taking pictures with the first team today. Most people agreed that Parham could possibly be the center of the team one day. However, no one ever thought that would happen in his second NFL game. If James isn’t cleared, dealing with the Arizona Cardinals’ vaunted pass rush would be a trial by fire for Parham.
Sophomore safety Moehrig saw limited action Sunday due to a hip injury. The Raiders have veteran depth behind him, which softens the loss somewhat. In another development, Perryman, the Pro Bowl linebacker, did not practice due to an ankle injury. As for the Raiders’ linebackers, if Perryman is unable to dress, they’d likely take out Divine Deablo and Jayon Brown. Leader of this defense, Perryman recorded three tackles and a tackle for a loss against the Chargers.
In more Raiders news, running back Brandon Bolde was also released today. Bolden, who caught a touchdown pass from Derek Carr on Sunday, also had three rushing attempts behind Josh Jacobs. This offseason, head coach Josh McDaniels has been keen to stock up at running back. If Bolden is eliminated against the Cardinals, expect more from Ameer Abdullah. Perhaps fans will also be able to see rookie Zamir White.
*Top photo: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
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