After dropping back-to-back games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings, the Oakland Raiders closed out the month of September on a promising note with a 31-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Derek Carr bounced back in a big way, completing 21 of his 31 passes for 189 yards while throwing two touchdowns without an interception.
Looking to build some momentum, the Raiders have already touched down in London for their upcoming Week 5 matchup against the Chicago Bears. The team flew directly to England following their win over the Colts as part of head coach Jon Gruden’s improved international travel plan.
When speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Gruden revealed that Tyrell Williams and Clelin Ferrell are dealing with respective foot and concussion injuries. Both players were held out of the Raiders’ practice as a result.
Furthermore, Gruden made note that Williams and Ferrell are considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bears, via href=”https://twitter.com/BairNBCS/status/1179372170474078215″ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area:
Gruden considered both of those guys questionable at this point in the week.
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) October 2, 2019
In addition to Ferrell and Williams, Dwayne Harris (ankle), Josh Jacobs (elbow), J.J. Nelson (knee) and DeAndre Washington (ankle) were limited throughout the Raiders’ practice on Wednesday. Gabe Jackson, still working his way back from a torn MCL, also did not participate and is aiming to return after the team’s bye week.
Williams’ inclusion on the Week 5 injury report is certainly not ideal, as he has been one of the Raiders’ most reliable receivers in the early portion of the regular season. The 27-year-old caught another touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Colts, bringing his season total to an NFL-leading four.
Though Ferrell hasn’t been quite as productive to this point, he has still accumulated 10 tackles and one sack while being an important member of the Raiders’ front seven.
The group already figures to be shorthanded, as Vontaze Burfict was sent home after being handed a season-long suspension for his hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle.
In the event Williams doesn’t suit up against the Bears, Darren Waller figures to be the beneficiary. He has already received a steady dose of targets this season and currently leads the Raiders in both receptions (33) and receiving yards (320).
Should Ferrell be ruled out, the trio of Josh Mauro, Benson Mayowa and Maxx Crosby could additionally be in line for more snaps.