The Oakland Raiders released their Week 6 injury report Wednesday and for the second consecutive week starting running back Latavius Murray failed to get in a practice on Wednesday, leaving his status for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in doubt.
Murray, who is dealing with turf toe, has been very durable in his first three seasons as a pro as he’s missed just two games in his career, one in his rookie season and Week 5 when the Raiders defeated the San Diego Chargers 34-31.
If Murray is not able to go Sunday Oakland will once again go with rookies DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard with fullback Jamize Olawale also getting some carries in short yardage situations.
Washington and Richard had 14 touches each against the Chargers and both were more effective catching the ball as opposed to running it. Washington had nine carries for 23 yards and five catches for 29 yards while Richard carried the ball eight times for 31 yards and caught six balls for 66 yards.
There is no question the Murray will regain his starting position when he is healthy though, whether that is Sunday, Week 7 or beyond depending on how long it takes him to get healthy.
After rushing for a career-high 1,076 yards and six touchdowns in 2015 Murray carried the ball 40 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the first four games this season. He has also caught 10 passes for 63 yards.
With the Chiefs having one of the best secondaries in the NFL, intercepting a league high eight passes in their first four games, the Raiders will rely on Washington and Richard early to get the ground game going in Week 6.