It has been a year full of injuries for the Oakland Raiders who have dealt with injuries to the offensive line, and most recently the losses of tight end Lee Smith and linebacker Ben Heeney for the season to ankle injuries.
As the Raiders are preparing to host the division rival San Diego Chargers in Week 5, it appears the injury list is growing larger as now starting running back Latavius Murray’s status for the game is in question.
Murray has not been practicing as he battles with turf toe, an injury that is not kind for a guy who makes a living with his feet.
Despite the injury, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave hopes that Murray will be able to play in Sunday’s game, via Ian Rappaport of NFL.com:
#Raiders RB Latavius Murray is battling turf toe, source said, but OC Bill Musgrave told @Jimmy_Durkin he hopes to have Murray on Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 6, 2016
Despite Musgrave’s hopes, it is reported that Murray is doubtful to play in the game.
In the first four games of this season Murray has carried the ball 40 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He has also caught 10 passes for 63 yards.
IF Murray is not able to go the Raiders other options at running back are rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Washington has rushed for 147 yards on 23 carries, while Richard has 144 rushing yards on 17 attempts, which includes a 75-yard touchdown run on his first NFL carry in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints.
San Diego is averaging just 82 yards against on the ground this season, which is seventh best in the league.