Player News - Raiders

Date: Team: Pos:

Jared Cook (wrist) wasn't listed on the Raiders' final injury report for Week 15 against the Cowboys.

He finished the week with a full practice after being limited on both Wednesday and Thursday. Cook led the team with 75 yards in last week's loss to Kansas City and should play a big role again with Amari Cooper (ankle) sidelined this week.
Source: raiders.com
Dec 15 - 4:47 PM

Raiders CB David Amerson (foot) is doubtful for Week 15 against the Cowboys.

He missed his second straight practice on Friday. Apparently Amerson suffered a setback to his sprained foot earlier this week. He's expected to miss his seventh straight game and at this point, it's fair to wonder if we've seen the last of him in 2017. Dexter McDonald and Sean Smith will start at cornerback against Dallas.
Dec 15 - 3:41 PM

Raiders placed S Obi Melifonwu (hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's been a rough first season for Melifonwu, who underwent knee surgery in August and just had a second operation on his hip. Antonio Hamilton, who had been out with a knee injury, will be activated from I.R. in the corresponding move.
Dec 15 - 3:29 PM

Amari Cooper (ankle) is out for Week 15 against the Cowboys.

Cooper lasted just 14 snaps before aggravating his sprained ankle last week against Kansas City. He's week to week. Michael Crabtree should be in for a big workload Sunday while tight end Jared Cook could also have an expanded role.
Dec 15 - 3:21 PM

Amari Cooper (ankle) is expected to miss Week 15.

Cooper remained sidelined at Thursday's practice. It's hard to see how he suits up after aggravating his injury last Sunday against the Chiefs. A lost season is ending in lost fashion for the disappointing third-year pro.
Dec 14 - 2:48 PM

Jared Cook (wrist) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

It's the first time Cook has been on the injury report since Week 3. The limited practice suggests he shouldn't miss any time. Cook is a back-end TE1 for Week 15 against Dallas.
Dec 13 - 7:19 PM

Raiders placed LB Cory James (knee) on injured reserve.

James has been dealing with knee issues most of the season. He hadn't been active since Week 12. James struggled in his first year as a full-time starter, grading near the bottom of PFF's ratings. The Raiders should upgrade on him this offseason.
Dec 13 - 5:20 PM

Amari Cooper (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

Cooper played 14 snaps last week against the Chiefs before aggravating his ankle issue. The Raiders were aggressive to play him through the high-ankle sprain. Cooper is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the fantasy season.
Dec 13 - 2:59 PM

Coach Jack Del Rio announced OC Todd Downing will remain with the Raiders the remainder of the season.

Ex-OC Bill Musgrave was let go at the end of last season, as the Raiders failed to even make him an offer as a free agent coach. The move was made in order to promote Downing, who was believed to be a riser in the coaching ranks. His first season running the show in Oakland has been a total disaster. Derek Carr has taken multiple steps back and looks like one of the most overpaid players in the league, while Amari Cooper has been a non-factor most weeks. Oakland is 19th in total offense, 15th in passing, and 26th in rushing. Downing may be one-and-done, with Del Rio possibly on the hot seat as well.
Dec 11 - 6:43 PM

Derek Carr completed 24-of-41 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

This was a brutal display by Carr against a Chiefs defense seemingly every quarterback has shredded lately. Carr is tentative to take shots downfield, and he didn't get anything going offensively before garbage time, where Carr hit Jared Cook for a 29-yard touchdown to make the score (26-15) seem more competitive than the game actually was. Carr has settled in as a two-quarterback-league option only entering a Week 15 date with the Cowboys.
Dec 10 - 5:16 PM

Marshawn Lynch rushed seven times for 61 yards and a touchdown and caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Lynch was highly effective but criminally underutilized in a game where the Raiders simply got dominated by the Chiefs, therefore causing negative game flow and Lynch's usage to dip. Lynch will have a better chance at positive script when Oakland hosts Dallas in Week 15, although WLB Sean Lee's healthy return has rendered the Cowboys a less-than-ideal run-defense matchup.
Dec 10 - 5:13 PM

Michael Crabtree caught 7-of-13 targets for 60 yards and a two-point conversion in the Raiders' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Derek Carr was brutally ineffective all game, but Crabtree's sheer volume allowed him to finish with a relatively productive box score. As Amari Cooper aggravated his ankle injury and didn't return, Crabtree should remain a volume monster when the Raiders host a leaky Cowboys pass defense in Week 15.
Dec 10 - 5:10 PM

Jared Cook caught 5-of-6 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against the Chiefs.

Cook's big play was a 26-yard touchdown in what amounted to garbage time of Oakland's 26-15 loss. Cook has been wildly uneven over the last two months, but he has devastated the Chiefs twice this season. He will remain a boom-bust TE1 play when the Raiders host the Cowboys in Week 15.
Dec 10 - 5:07 PM

Amari Cooper left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Chiefs after aggravating his left ankle injury.

Cooper entered the game listed as questionable with an injury to the same ankle. He aggravated it on a blocking play, getting the ankle rolled up before a pileup, and was down on the ground for several minutes. He was quickly ruled out.
Dec 10 - 2:09 PM

Raiders declared QB Connor Cook, CB David Amerson, OL Jon Feliciano, LB Cory James, DE Jihad Ward, OT Jylan Ware, and WR Isaac Whitney inactive for Week 14 against the Chiefs.

No surprises in this group. Cook remains behind Derek Carr and E.J. Manuel on the depth chart. The Cowboys wanted to draft Cook over Dak Prescott last year, but "settled" for Prescott when the Raiders got to Cook first.
Dec 10 - 11:53 AM


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