Trent Brown has officially been ruled out for Sunday’s contest against the Tennessee Titans with a pectoral injury and will be replaced at the right tackle spot by second-year pro Brandon Parker.
That will be a major blow to the Raiders offense line and especially their pass protection as they enter an all-important AFC showdown. Per Football Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz, the Raiders have a 25 percent chance of making the playoffs with a win, and just a 1 percent chance of making it with a loss on Sunday.
Parker struggled immensely during his rookie season in Oakland, so confidence in him isnt exactly high. However, Kolton Miller has improved tremendously over the last season under the tutelage of offensive line coach Tom Cable, so perhaps Parker’s game has grown as well.
Parker has worked as the power-tackle in jumbo packages over the past few weeks and even ran a drag route on Oakland’s final offensive play against the Chiefs when Derek Carrier snagged his first touchdown of the year.
In other injury-related news, Josh Jacobs is officially questionable for Sunday’s game due to the lingering affects of a fractured shoulder he’s been battling for weeks. He was very limited at practice and may not be equipped to handle his usual workload on Sunday.
Hunter Renfrow is dealing with a rib injury and has been ruled out as expected. Meanwhile, core special teamer Kyle Wilber is out with an ankle injury suffered last Sunday and the Marquel Lee is questionable with a toe issue.
Gabe Jackson was upgraded from not participating on Thursday to limited practice on Friday and doesn’t have a designation, meaning he should be good to go for Sunday. Rodney Hudson was limited in practice as well for the third straight day. The shaky health of the offensive line could be a major factor on Sunday.