The week's games begin tonight for the rest of the NFL, while the Raiders players begin four days away from the facility and a week of rest before getting back to practice. It's their bye week. And as it often the case, it is a time to try and get healthy.
Last week in London, the Raiders were already banged up. They were without several starters heading into the game including Nick Roach (concussion), Sio Moore (ankle), Rod Streater (foot), DJ Hayden (PUP), and Tyvon Branch (IR). During the game itself, they had a couple more starters go down - Khalif Barnes (quad), Derek Carr (ankle, knee), and Kaluka Maiava (hamstring).
Among those who are hopeful to suit up when the Raiders return after the bye are Roach, Moore, Carr, and Barnes.
Roach will have had six weeks to recover from a concussion he received in the third week of the preseason. He has been replaced thus far by Miles Burris with poor results. If he can't return to practice full by next week, the team needs to seriously consider putting him on injured reserve. Being out this long with concussion symptoms is already concerning enough.
Moore suffered an ankle injury in week two against Houston. Last week he was trying to move on it on the sideline in practice and wasn't able to do much. His timetable is not yet known and he will hope to have recovered in time to play October 12.
Carr could barely stand on his injured leg after it happened last week. He revealed he has a high ankle sprain and an MCL sprain which could mean he is out as long as a month. Or if he can manage it, it's possible he returns sooner. If he can't return by next week, the Raiders will insert Matt Schaub back into the lineup.
The severity of Barnes' quad injury is unknown. We will find out more next week. He was replaced by Menelik Watson at right tackle in London and he struggled some against Cameron Wake and company.
Maiava is not a starter typically but with the injuries to the linebacking corps, he has started the last couple weeks. He is needed as depth and when he went out, it left the Raiders with just three healthy linebackers. He has struggled to stay healthy since he joined the Raiders two seasons ago. A hamstring injury is never good news. They tend to linger and get re-injured if the player returns too soon.
As for Rod Streater, he broke his foot and is expected to miss a month which would have him return week seven. D.J. Hayden is on PUP so he is eligible to return the week after the Chargers game. He will likely be eased back into the lineup so don't expect instant results.
UPDATE: Rod Streater has been placed on IR Designated for Return which means he won't be eligible to return until November 27 (week 13).