Heading into their Week 4 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, the Oakland Raiders will not be at their full force. The Raiders published their injury report on Friday, heading into the final practices before their Sunday 10:00 A.M. matchup.
Three players who did not participate in Friday’s activities have already been ruled out for the Week 4 contest. Safety Nate Allen, who was limited during Wednesday’s practice, has been officially ruled inactive.
Tackles Austin Howard and Menelik Watson were given the official notice after failing to practice all week.
Allen, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2010 draft, has appeared in all three games this season. Without a start, Allen has managed to record just one tackle during his time on the field.
The 28-year-old is currently slated as the backup free safety on the depth chart, after being beaten out by Reggie Nelson.
Howard appeared in the Raiders Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but will now miss his second consecutive game. In his third season with the Raiders, the six-year veteran has been dealing with a nagging ankle issue.
Watson appeared in the Raiders two victories this season, coming during Week 1 and Week 3. The right tackle reaggrevated his groin injury during the first half against the Tennessee Titans. He was helped off the field and taken to the locker room.
During the second half, Watson tweeted out that the minor setback wouldn’t stop his path back to the field. The third-year player has spent all three seasons with the black and silver, but will not see action in Week 4.
The matchup between the Raiders and Ravens may very well result in a high-scoring affair, as the Raiders enter Week 4 second in the NFL in yards per game.