With three defensive starters out against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders got more tough news on Sunday afternoon when it was determined that defensive tackle Maurice Hurst isn’t healthy enough to play.
Hurst is inactive for the game after being listed as questionable on the injury report on Friday. He practiced on a limited basis all week and missed the past two games with an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, backup running back Jalen Richard is also not active. He missed all week of practice with a chest injury and was listed as questionable to play after getting hurt last week on a kickoff return.
The Raiders only have two running backs active on Sunday: starter Josh Jacobs and backup Devontae Booker. Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III may return kicks in Richard’s place. Backup running back Theo Riddick was placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.
Also, right tackle Sam Young is out with a knee injury so Brandon Parker will start there.
The seven players lifted off the list on Saturday are all active for the game. They are safety Johnathan Abram, cornerback Isaiah Johnson and defensive linemen Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Arden Key, Kendal Vickers and David Irving. In addition to Riddick, starters, right tackle Trent Brown, defensive end Clelin Ferrell, linebacker Cory Littleton and slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner all on the COVID list and will not play against the Chiefs,
Offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith was promoted from the practice squad.
Here are other the inactive Raiders’ players for tonight s game: guard John Simpson, quarterback Marcus Mariota and defensive tackle Daniel Ross,