The Las Vegas Raiders kicked off Wednesday, holding their first practice of the week. The Raiders’ injury report includes the opportunity of getting a few players back in some capacity.
After the Raiders missed Josh Jacobs, Jonathan Abram and Isaiah Johnson last week, Abram and Johnson both returned to the practice field on a limited basis. Jacobs, however, still remained sidelined with an ankle injury.
Starting cornerback Damon Arnette was removed from last week’s game early in the first quarter with a head injury, and he remained out of Wednesday’s practice. His game status for Week 14 remains up in the air as the Raiders did add reinforcements to their secondary — bringing back cornerback Daryl Worley, who started 15 games for the Silver and Black last season.
“We did re-sign Daryl Worley,” Jon Gruden said on Wednesday. “Although he can’t play this week, we expect him to play and play soon.”
Whether Worley was brought in to play cornerback or safety still remains unknown. However, safety Jeff Heath also sat out of Wednesday’s practice with a concussion. Las Vegas already remains extraordinary thin in the secondary so adding another player to the Raiders injury report creates even more reasons for concern.
Offensive tackle Trent Brown, who has only two games under his belt this season, practiced once again today and appears to be making sizable steps forward for his return.
“It’s the first time Trent (Brown) has really practiced with the first team in a while,” Gruden said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”
The Raiders allowed 25 pressures last week to the Jets’ defensive front, according to Pro Football Focus. Getting Brown back into the swing of things would certainly help keep the pocket clean for quarterback Derek Carr as Brown thrives in pass protection. Brown only allowed one sack in 2019, where he started 11 games for the Raiders.
“He’s the best in the world at what he does,” Carr said when talking about Brown. “It’s just a credit to how dominant he is.”
Brown would also help the Raiders’ running attack as they’ve averaged just 56 rushing yards on the ground over the last two games. Pairing Brown alongside right guard Gabe Jackson should favor the right side of the ground game for the Raiders’ group of running backs.
“I haven’t been happy with it the last couple games,” Gruden said when asked about the Raiders running game. “I know our guys haven’t been either. We feed our families with our running game. We got to be able to run out the clock like we did in Arrowhead.”