Despite reports that have suggested Raiders running back Latavius Murray is unlikely to play this week with a turf toe injury, the Raiders are still trying to get him on the field Sunday when the Raiders host the Chargers in Oakland
“We’ll hope that ‘Tay’ [Latavius Murray] can get back by Sunday,” said Bill Musgrave. “I know he’s working extremely hard at it. They’re working with his shoes and things like that to help him in that regard. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Murray is missing his second straight practice today with the toe injury, according to media in attendance at practice.
Should Murray not be able to go Sunday, rookie running back DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard would take most of the carries, with Jamize Olawale likely getting some short yardage and goal line work as well.
A Pro Bowler in 2015, Murray is the Raiders’ workhorse back. Having capable backups in Washington and Richard is great, but according to Musgrave, they don’t bring the same level of play from a pass protection standpoint.
“Latavius is the smartest one we have in terms of pass protection,” said Musgrave. “He really works at it. He’s in there with the O-line, day in and day out, working [offensive line] coach [Mike] Tice. These young guys have really fallen in step with him, so we know we can trust them.”