The Raiders came away with a big win on Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens, but by checking out the injury list on Friday, that win took a toll that will really challenge the Raiders depth.
This week, the Raiders will face a Steelers team without top running back Josh Jacobs among 16 players on the injury report. Game time is 10 a.m. Pacific time in Pittsburgh.
The other players listed on the injured list didn’t have a game status, meaning they should be able to play.
On the other hand, the Steelers have only defensive tackle Carlos Davis listed as out, along with cornerback Joel Haden, linebacker Devin Bush and tight end Zach Gentry listed as questionable.
Ferrell gets chance to show he’s more than just a Raiders depth piece
Clelin Ferrell was the fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft for the Raiders, but in the first week of play was a healthy scratch. In the offseason, he was expected to be a starter.
Now, he gets another shot due to injuries. Coach Gus Bradley said he had a good week of practice.
“I think for us just monitoring that and deciding at that point maybe the needs what we see,” Bradley said. “We felt like this was a team that can really just line up and pound us last week. So, that’s on a week-to-week basis, but he’s practicing really well. He practiced well today.”
Bradley said although Ferrell wasn’t active against the Ravens, he was very active on the sidelines providing encouragement to the team.
“You know what, he is a true pro now,” Bradley said. “He was on the sideline probably being one of our biggest cheerleaders. He was outstanding, and I talked to him about that. He was fantastic. That’s tough to go through.”
Square will offer even more Raiders depth
Besides Ferrell, the Raiders brought in Damion Square to provide versatility on the defensive front. Bradley said he can play multiple positions.
“He can play nose, three-technique, big end,” Bradley said. “At this point in time with some of the injuries he comes in. I think he’s a quick study as far as understanding of what we are asking of the position. He could step in and play fairly quickly if needed.”