If this were the regular season, you could figure most of the Raiders starters would be taking the field for the duration of the game. But this is the preseason. The start of the preseason, in fact, so some players are recovering from injuries the team would prefer not to aggravate.
Even those starters who are healthy may not see a lot of action. Let’s start with those who likely won’t play and go from there. Remember, many of these are estimations on my part based on what I have seen in training camp and heard from coaches.
Won’t play (updated official):
Injuries: Amari Cooper (knee), Obi Melifonwu, Keith McGill (broken foot), Gareon Conley (who is now saying he does NOT have shin splints), Jihad Ward, Ben Heeney, Cooper Helfet, David Sharpe, and Fadol Brown.
Reserve/Did not report: Donald Penn (contract holdout).
1-2 series (if that)
Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, Jared Cook, Lee Smith, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Justin Ellis, David Amerson, Reggie Nelson, Karl Joseph
EJ Manuel, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, Jamize Olawale, Seth Roberts, KJ Brent, Cordarrelle Patterson, Clive Walford, Marshall Newhouse, Vadal Alexander, Jon Feliciano, Oni Omoile, Denver Kirkland, Eddie Vanderdoes, Denico Autry, Mario Edwards Jr, Shilique Calhoun, James Cowser, Marquel Lee, Cory James, Sean Smith, TJ Carrie, Breon Borders, Shalom Luani, Sebastian Janikowski, Jon Condo
Lead off second half
Connor Cook, Elijah Hood, Johnny Holton, Jaydon Mickens, Isaac Whitney, Keon Hatcher, Gabe Holmes, Jylan Ware, Oni Omoile, Chauncey Briggs, Jordan Simmons, Treyvon Hester, Darius Latham, Branden Jackson, IK Enemkpali, Tyrell Adams, Jelani Jenkins, Dexter McDonald, Antonio Hamilton, Kenneth Durden, Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Cioffi, Giorgio Tavecchio, Andrew East
Finish it out
Kareem Are, John Crockett, George Atkinson III, Pharaoh Brown, Ryan O’Malley, Ishmael Zamora, Ian Silberman, Johnson, Paul Boyette, Jimmy Bean, Nicholas Morrow, Brady Sheldon, LaTroy Lewis, Najee Harris, Xavier Woodson-Luster, Marcus McWilson, Chris Humes.
The only guy who figures to play the whole game is punter Marquette King because he has no backup.