The Las Vegas Raiders had little trouble defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon. Even more impressive, they did so without Darren Waller entirely, and with Josh Jacobs and guard John Simpson getting injured during the game.
Now, they have a bye week, and it could not have come at a better time. Waller missed Sunday’s game with multiple injuries, and a full week off without a game should do wonders for him. Meanwhile, it will also be helpful for Jacobs and Simpson, who may not have been able to play if they had a game this upcoming week.
Raiders head coach Rich Bisaccia spoke about each player’s status heading into the week. “Josh Jacobs ended up with a chest contusion, so he should be fine. We didn’t think there was any issues with him today. He had a good workout today.”
“Darren Waller is going to kind of be day-to-day with treatment,” Bisaccia said of the star tight end. “Other than that, there is no break or anything that we know of there. He is going to stay around all week and get treatment.”
Bisaccia then moved on to Simpson. “Then John right now, we are still in the evaluation process with him, but he was walking around okay, and we’ll see how the next few days go. He’s going to stay here as well and get treatment this week.”
Based on all three of these updates, it appears as though Jacobs, Waller, and Simpson should be good to go when the Raiders head to New Jersey to take on the New York Giants in Week 9.
Obviously, this is a good sign, as missing those three players would put even more pressure on Derek Carr. The Raiders quarterback has been incredible this season, but missing his top pass catcher, his top running back, and a starting offensive lineman would be a lot of strain coming off a bye week.
Carr gaining trust in Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards
If Waller and Jacobs were to miss more time, the Raiders would still have plenty of talent to fall back on. This includes wide receivers Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, who Carr has said he’s starting to build a greater rapport with.
Hopefully, they can continue to build chemistry as the team looks to move to 6-2 in Week 9.