Raiders News: Richie Incognito could return for week 9


The Las Vegas Raiders could get some relief for a struggling offensive line in the coming weeks.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said on Monday the team is aiming for the week after the Raiders’ Oct. 28 exemption for veteran left goalie Richie Incognito to make his 2021 debut. play for the New York Giants on Nov. 7.

Incognito was injured in August during joint training with the Los Angeles Rams, suffering from a calf injury. Incognito, who returned to a one-year contract this offseason, was injured in Week 2 of 2020 and was lost for the season.

Gruden is hoping the 38-year-old Incognito can ignite the offensive line which struggled to protect itself from the run and allowed 15 sacks in the passing game.

“Richie is not just a great player,” said Gruden. “He’s a great leader … It will be good to get him back.”

Meanwhile, Gruden said the current plan is to stay “at the status quo” with rookie Alex Leatherwood playing right guard and substitute veteran Brandon Parker starting on the right tackle. Leatherwood, the 17th pick in the draft, started the first four games in right tackle and was moved inside for the 20-9 home loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t too bad either,” Gruden said of the Leatherwood-Parker experience.

Meanwhile, Gruden has said quarterback Marcus Mariota will return to training this week and could be activated from the injured reserve in time for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. Mariota was injured in a long run in the first week. Upon her return, Mariota may be able to help the struggling Las Vegas game.

In addition, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins left Sunday’s game late with a back injury. There could be more information on his status later in the week.

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