The Las Vegas Raiders announced that they have placed defensive end Clelin Ferrell on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, meaning he will miss the season finale against the Denver Broncos.
Additionally, the Raiders activated safety Jeff Heath off IR, so he will return and suit up in Week 17.
Ferrell’s sophomore season was another disappointing one, although he did miss time due to the shoulder injury as well coronavirus (COVID-19). In 11 games, Ferrell had 27 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks.
The Raiders took a chance by drafting Ferrell fourth overall out of Clemson in 2019, but to this point, he has not been the difference-maker they hoped he had been. He is still obviously very young though, so hopefully he can continue to develop and be a better pass rusher in the third year of his career.
The Raiders’ secondary, and safeties in particular, have been among the worst in football this season so there is no doubt they will welcome Heath back with open arms in Week 17. His first season with the Raiders has actually been solid, recording 35 total tackles with three passes defensed and three interceptions in 12 games.
While the Raiders don’t have anything to play for against the Broncos after officially being eliminated from playoff contention, Jon Gruden has made it clear that he wants to win this game and finish 8-8 on the year.
Because of that, Derek Carr will get the start at quarterback despite his groin injury. Marcus Mariota could also see the field though depending on the score.
Additionally, it was also announced that right tackle Trent Brown will miss the game, so Sam Young will get the start in his place.